Roof-Speak: Learning the language of roofers can help you make the right choices

Roof-Speak: Learning the language of roofers can help you make the right choices

Roofing professionals eat, breathe, and talk roofing every day.  Terms like “Plastisol” and “underlayment” may be common in the lexicon of a roofer, but to the lay person, some terms may need a little clarification.

At American Metal Roofs, we take the time to discuss our products in detail and make sure that we answer every question that a customer may have.   By educating our customers, we ensure that each homeowner has all the information that they need to make an intelligent buying decision.

It may be useful for some people to learn a little more about roofing before meeting with a roofing consultant. To help facilitate the learning process,  I thought we could start with basic roof anatomy lesson:

Deck: The structural base for the roof, usually made of wood
Dormer: The structure that contains a window; projecting vertically through the slope in the roof

Eave: The lower border of the roof overhanging the wall

Exposure: The area of each shingle that is exposed to the element

Flashing: Material installed into a roof system’s joints and valleys to prevent water breach

Gable:     The triangular section of the outer wall at the peak of the roof.

Hip: Where two roof planes intersect to form a sloping ridge running from the peak to the eave

Off-ridge exhaust vent: Exhaust vents most often located on the upper half of the roof, designed to allow warm air and moisture to escape from the attic.

Rake: The outer edge of the roof from the eave to the ridge

Ridge: Where two roof planes intersect forming a horizontal peak

Ridge vent: An exhaust vent that runs horizontally along the peak of the roof.

Sheathing: Material that is fastened to roof rafters to cover a house or building

Square: A measurement of roofing material. One “square” of roofing material equals 100 square feet of roofing area.

Under-eave Vent: Intake vents located under the eaves of the roof, which will help draw cool dry air into the attic.

Underlayment: A layer of protective material between the deck and the shingles

Valley: The intersection of two sloping roofs joining at an angle to facilitate water runoff

At American Metal Roofs, we use the highest quality materials available.  For this reason, we have selected Classic Metal Roofing as our supplier. They have a terrific page on their website that helps define common terms relating to metal roofing.

Glossary of Metal Roofing Terms

Ready to learn more?  Our roofing experts are ready to provide more detailed answers to any of your questions.  Just give us a call at your convenience or chat with us online.  We are here to help.   (810) 762-0126

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