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Talk to your roofer with confidence

Having repairs done to your roof or replacing your roof can be a complex business. Talk to your roofer with confidence using this handy guide to roofing terminology.

Glossary of roofing terms

  • Asphalt: This is a mixture of bitumen and other minerals that is hot-trowelled onto roofing. Asphalt is most commonly seen on car parks and other commercial building roofing.
  • Bonnets: The name given to rounded, quadrant-shaped tiles.
  • Corrugated iron roofing: This form of roofing is most often used on functional structures like military hangars or farm buildings like barns, for its low cost and strength.
  • Eaves: The eaves refers to the area under the overhanging part of roofing.
  • Flashing: The technical term for the protective layer, often made of lead, that covers the joints where the wall and roofing meet.
  • Gable: The vertical end of a building with a pitched roof, where the end wall goes up to form a triangle.
  • Nail sickness: This is what can happen to copper nails used to fix slates when they corrode. Nail sickness is caused by the acid effect of rainfall, particularly in Large towns & cities.
  • National Federation of Roofing Contractors: A trade association whose members work to high standards throughout the industry.
  • Pitched roofing: Where two slopes meet the ridge of a roof.
  • Ridge: The top line of the roofing.
  • Sarking: The waterproof felt laid immediately under the roof tile battens to keep out rain, dust and snow.
  • Slate roofing: Slate can be made from natural slate or manufactured slate using pressed fibre. Slates are secured with nails onto wooden battens.
  • Soffit: The under-surface of any part of a building such as the arch or eaves.
  • Valley: This is the line where two sloping roofs meet.



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    Mark Butcher
    November 28, 2016 REPLY

    Love the checklist you have included in the blog, its going to be really useful for me, I actually printed this blog post out to use on site! Thanks for the advice!

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      Claire Eden Claire Eden
      December 06, 2016 REPLY

      Hi Just found your website on google. Thank you for that. It all looks quite clear and I can understand whats what from it. I was checking around because I’ve got a leak on a room ceiling in a bungalow I’ve recently bought and wondering exactly what the cause is and the likely cost to put it right. Errrm…not good news then….as according to what you say I might be looking at a bill of around £5,000 for roof replacement, when I wasn’t aware of/expecting any roof problems at all when I bought the place! Anyway….if there’s a horrible, fair-size unexpected problem to be face (and I have the sinking nasty feeling that I’ll be lucky to get away with having to pay out an unexpected few hundred £s) then its as well I can gauge the extent of this unexpected problem. I’ll just wander off and curse that damn vendor of this house a bit more….

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    Lloyd Jenson
    December 15, 2016 REPLY

    Well done Scott, this site is really informative, and there are very few like it. I am facing re-covering a roof which keeps shedding slates. The property is a small terrace, but with somewhat complicated. Two contractors have quoted well over £8,000 for re-covering with concrete tiles, Which seems excessive. Do your estimates include VAT?


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