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More blog posts about roofing:

  1. I’m buying a ‘50s house with a “gravel” roof. Is the roof going to be a problem.

  2. Should I buy a house that needs a new roof?

  3. What is the cost difference between asphalt shingle and metal roofing?

  4. What is the minimum pitch of an asphalt shingle roof?

  5. What’s the difference between a gable roof and a hip roof?

  6. What do you look for when you inspect a roof?

  7. What is roof pitch?

  8. What’s the difference between a roof inspection and a roofing estimate?

  9. What are the most common problems with older houses?

  10. I saw some staining on the ceiling. Do you think the roof is okay?

  11. What is a “cool roof”?

  12. What are the roof sheathing requirements for a roof replacement in Florida?

  13. Can metal roofing be used on a slow slope/pitch roof?

  14. How many layers of roofing are allowed on a home?

  15. What is the difference between plywood and OSB roof sheathing?

  16. What is the difference between galvanized and galvalume metal roofing?

  17. Does it cost more to roof a hip roof than a gable roof?

  18. What is an H-clip?

  19. What causes a lump or dip in the roof?

  20. What are the most common problems with wood roof trusses?

  21. What is the difference between roofing felt and synthetic underlayment?

  22. Why is a popped nail in a shingle roof a problem? How do I fix it?

  23. What can I do to prevent roof leaks?

  24. How can I tell if a roof has more than one layer of shingles?

More blog posts on related subjects:

  1. How can I tell if a house has insulation?

  2. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  3. Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it?

  4. How do you determine when the house was built?

  5. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

  6. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  7. The house has asbestos siding. What should I do?

  8. How do I get insurance if my home can’t pass a 4-point inspection?

  9. There’s an old fuel oil tank underground in the yard. Is it a problem?

  10. What is “knob and tube” wiring?

  11. Why do the floors slope in this old house?

  12. The garage has been converted to a family room. Is that alright?

  13. What is the minimum pitch for a metal roof?

  14. What does “lack of tab adhesion” in an asphalt shingle roof mean?

  15. What is a TPO roof?

  16. Is a ridge board/beam required for a roof framed with rafters?

  17. Are roof trusses better than roof rafters (stick framing)?

  18. What are roofing purlins and battens?

  19. What is a “square” of roofing?

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