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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

   One little-known advantage of EPDM: it does not leach any contaminants into the rainwater that flows over it and off the roof, unlike asphalt/bituminous roofing, and can be specified for “green” homes with rainwater catchment systems. It  is advertised as having up to a 40-year life, but our experience has been that the material lasts 20 to 25 years in the Gainesville area. For more information about EPDM roofs we suggest visiting the EPDM Roofing Association website at

To figure out why your roof is leaking, go to our blog: Why is my roof leaking?

    Want to know the average lifespan of different roof materials? Go to our blog: What’s the average lifespan of a roof?

    If you want to know the signs that your roof is at the end of its life, visit our blog: How can I tell if the house needs a new roof?

   To learn about how an inspector evaluates a roof, check out our blog: What do you look for when you inspect a roof?

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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