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8 Roofing Terms You Need to Learn

8 Roofing Terms You Need to Learn

As a homeowner, a time will come when you’ll either need roof repair or a roof replacement. To communicate more effectively with your contractor, it helps to be familiar with roofing lingo. Here are eight terms you should know:

8 Roofing Terms You Need to Learn

1. Deck

This is the surface installed on the supporting framing of the roofing system (the rafters) to which the roofing material is applied.

2. Underlayment

This is felt material saturated with asphalt that is applied on the deck for additional protection before the roofing material is installed.

3. Sheathing

These are exterior grade boards used as material for the roof deck.

4. Pitch

This is the angle or the degree of incline of your roof. It is expressed as the ratio of the rise to the span, both in feet. Sloped roofs, which are typical in residential homes, have pitches ranging from 4/12 to 9/12.

5. Square

A unit of roof measure that is equal to 100 square feet. This term is usually used to describe any roofing material that is manufactured and sold in bundles or rolls before they are applied during roof replacement or repair.

6. Flashing

These are pieces of galvanized aluminum or copper used to seal around the intersections or projections in a roof such as chimneys and vent pipes. Flashings prevent water from entering the most vulnerable parts of your roofing system.

7. Shading

This refers to the differences in the color of the shingles as a result of the manufacturing process.

8. Drip Edge

This is a non-corrosive material applied to the roof’s edge to direct rainwater away from the roof surface.

At ABM Services and Renovations, Inc., we will design and install the very best roof for your home. As GAF-certified roofing experts, we have access to the best products and have in-depth knowledge about different roofing processes.

Call us at (770) 282-3700 or fill out our contact form so we can discuss your roofing needs. We serve residents of McDonough and Atlanta, GA.