When you are getting work done on your roof, the contractors may use terms that you haven’t heard before. Here is a brief glossary of terms so you can understand what the roofing company is referring to when they are talking to you about your new roof.
Base Flashing – The portion of flashing that rests on the roof deck and diverts water onto the shingles.
Bundle – Shingles arrive in bundles. The roof is measured in squares and each roofing square will typically use between three and five bundles of shingles.
Concealed Nail Method – A common style of roofing in which the row of nails is hidden and protected from the weather by the overlapping row of shingles.
Counter Flashing – The flashing on the vertical surface that prevents water from going behind the base flashing.
Course – Each row of shingles or roll roofing that runs across the roof.
Deck – The surface of the roof that is attached to the roof rafters and supports the shingles.
Dormer – A framed window that rises out of the roof deck.
Eaves – The lower edges of a sloped roof that are parallel to the ground.
Exposed Nail Method – Method of roofing that calls for putting the nails in the overlapped shingles, leaving the nails exposed to the weather.
Felt Paper – Special paper used as a barrier between the roof deck and the shingles.
Flashing – Metal pieces that are used at junctions to keep the water moving safely away from the structure of the house.
Gable Roof – A roof with two planes that meet at the top with a single ridge.
Gambrel Roof – A roof with two slopes on either side of the ridge. The top planes sit at a lower pitch than the bottom planes. This type of roof is commonly used on bards.
Hip – An outside corner on the roof that runs from the peak to the eaves.
Hip Roof – A roof that uses sloping planes on four sides that meet in the center at one ridge.
Mansard Roof – A type of roof with two sloping planes featuring different pitches on each side of the roof.
Natural Ventilation – A method of drawing air in and through the attic to keep the attic cool and dry.
Pitch – How steep the roof is.
Rafter – The framework that creates the roof and supports the deck.
Understanding these terms will help you communicate with Oklahoma City roofers. Robbins Roofing, Inc., will provide you with a free quote on roofing. We will educate you about the specific needs of your roof and make suggestions, allowing you to make an informed, intelligent decision. Visit us on Facebook today to learn more about our company and what we can do for your roof.