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Roof Lingo... A Lesson In Industry Terminology

Roof lingo a lesson in industry terminology

Most homeowners are familiar with commonly-used roofing terms such as shingles, gables and valleys but there are numerous other industry-related words too that may help you better understand your roof’s many components and how to describe your wants and needs to roofing professionals you may be working with.

Angled Fasteners are roofing nails and staples that are driven into a Deck (usually plywood, wood boards or planks), at angles not parallel to the deck.

can be defined as bubbles or pimples in roofing materials, including shingles, which are usually a result of moisture.

Flashing is a word used to describe materials that are used to waterproof a roof around any projections.

An Open Valley is a type of installation that utilizes metal down the center of the valley.

A Starter Strip is the first course of roofing installed. It’s usually trimmed from the main roof material.

Stepflashing refers to metal flashing pieces that are installed at sidewalls and chimneys for weatherproofing purposes.


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