Is my roof sound?

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Furring strips on top of roof rafters shouldn’t be continuous, to allow venting air to move sideways through rafter spaces. Half-inch plywood roof sheathing, according to code, must be nailed with 1½-inch roofing nails or 8d common nails no more than 8 inches apart into rafters. Yes, I too am seeing shoddy work from opportunists with no previous experience who just became contractors. Someday, people working on your home will be made responsible for their work.

©2013 Monte Leeper. Readers are encouraged to send questions to, with “Herald question” in the subject line, or to Herald Homes, 2 Endo Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530, Attn: Monte Leeper, architect.

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