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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