When it’s time for a new roof, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the lingo used in the roofing industry. Here is a brief explanation of the terms you will hear different Oklahoma City roofing contractors use.
Boxed Eave – A horizontal overhang between the outside of the eave and the side of the home or building.
Cornices – The moulding pieces that sit below a roofline. Typically these involve the fascia board, soffit and other trim pieces.
Dormers – These extend up from the roofline to form a small, house-like structure with windows, walls, a roof and even lights.
Eaves – The lower border of a roof that overhangs the outermost walls of the house.
Fascia – The vertical boards at the eaves where the gutters are typically mounted.
Flashing – Non-corrosive sheet metal used around chimneys, pipes and vents to prevent leaks.
Gables – Roof sections that face different directions from the roof, creating a triangular wall area.
Hip – An area where two roofing planes meet to form a vertical ridge.
Housewrap – A material designed to let moisture out while preventing air from coming in.
Lookout – A brace that is used to keep the trusses in alignment with each other.
Re-roofing – The process of installing a new roof on a home.
Roof run – The rise of the roof over a specific horizontal distance.
Roof truss – The framework of the roof.
Ridge beam – The top support beam where two sides of the roof meet.
Ridge shingles – The final covering on a roof that is used to cover and protect this area.
Ridge vent – A special vent designed to take advantage of this top peak in the roof for air ventilation.
Roof sheathing – The structural wood on the roof. Nailed to the trusses, it is also known as a roof deck or simply decking.
Rake – The outer edge of a roof that extends from the eave to the ridge.
Soffit – The finished area under the eaves, typically covered in wood, vinyl or aluminum.
Underlayment – A protective covering that is designed to act as a barrier between the wood and the shingles, keeping the roof deck free of chemicals and preventing it from damaging the shingles as it expands and contracts.
Valley – Where two roof surfaces meet, forming an inside corner.
Knowing what Oklahoma City roofing contractors are referring to can help you better understand any changes that may be necessary for your home. At Robbins Roofing, Inc., we will provide you with a free estimate and clearly explain our recommendations for your roof repair or replacement. Visit us on Facebook today to learn how we can help you keep your roof water tight.