Common Roofing Terms & What They Mean

Common Roofing Terms & What They Mean

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If you’ve been shopping for a new roof or roof repair, you may have come across some roofing terms that are unfamiliar to you. Here are some common roofing terms that all homeowners should know:

Roof Algae: It’s possible for algae to form on your roof. Over time, algae can compromise the integrity of your roof tiles, which could lead to broken tiles or leaks. Having your roof professional cleaned periodically can help you avoid any issues with roof algae.

ASTM: This stands for the American Society for Testing Materials. This organization creates quality and performance standards for certain building products, including roofing materials.

Asphalt: In roofing, asphalt is used for waterproofing purposes. Asphalt shingles are a very common roofing material for both residential and commercial properties.

Roof Deck: Your roofing system is made up of several different layers. Whether your roof is made of clay tiles or cedar shingles, those materials need to lay on flat surface, which is called the deck. The deck sits on top of the framework of your home or commercial building.

Dry Rot: Wood rot often occurs due to water damage; however, dry rot is caused by fungus. Dry rot can occur for several reasons, including a lack of proper ventilation in your attic.

Eaves: Eaves are the portion of your roof that hangs over and past the walls of your home or commercial building.

Flashing: This is a roofing material, often made of metal, that is used to create a water barrier around anything that projects from your roof. This includes things like chimneys and attic ventilation pipes.

Gutter: Gutters are metal or plastic troughs that are designed to channel water away from your home through spouts. They are typically installed along the eaves of your home.

Joist: This refers to the support beams that are set horizontally along the structure of your roof to support your roofing material.

Pitch: Your roof’s pitch is a number that represents the incline of your roof compared to the span of your roof. Essentially, the pitch refers to how steep your roof is.

Shingle: This is a piece of roofing material. Shingles are commonly made out of asphalt or wood. They can be installed in either straight rows or an overlapping pattern.

Vent: These are pipes or stacks that protrude from your roof. They can be used to ventilate your roof deck and attic spaces.

Choosing a Quality Roofing Contractor

When you’re going through the process of collecting bids for a new roof, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all of the different terms and material choices you’ll be faced with. At Custom Roof Company, we always take the time to thoroughly explain all your options to you so that you can make the best possible decision for your home. We will make sure that you are informed about every detail of your roofing project and are always available to answer any questions that you might have along the way. Contact us today for a free quote.

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