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For anyone unfamiliar with the world of roofing, the terms and phrases used by roofing contractors may prove a bit confusing and mysterious. Homeowners can quickly pick up on roofing lingo with a little bit of effort. It's important for a homeowner to familiarize themselves with these terms, so they can discuss the state of their roof with Stamford roofing professional. There are many terms that get thrown about, but the most important terms are the most general. Read on to learn about the basic vocabulary any homeowner needs to know before speaking with their roofing professional.

To begin, the complete set of terms will be listed, and their definitions will follow. The most common roofing terms have to do with the structure of the roof, instead of terms related to the roofing process itself. For example, shingles, fire rating, eave, dormer, deck, rafter, blistering, drip edge, flashing and cricket.

The term shingle is by far the easiest of all the terms to remember. Any type of roof covering that consists of several overlapping tiles can be considered shingles. The most common type of shingles are asphalt shingles, which are the gray or black tiles covering about seventy percent of roofs in America. An equally important definition is fire rating. As the name would suggest, a fire rating is the determined level of resistance a material has to fire.

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Materials are classed as having A, B or C class fire ratings; with A being the most fire resistant.

Next, are the terms related to the actual physical support structures of a roof itself, and these are easy enough to remember. Eaves are the edges of a roof that overhang the side of a house wall. They are fitted horizontally across the bottom of a roof and are used in keeping water off of walls. Dormers are triangular constructs that look like tiny homes or tiny roofs with a window inside. Homeowners have them built to provide head space in rooms with low ceilings or to allow natural light and ventilation. Decks are the underlying support structure of roofing material. They are what support the material of a roof itself. Rafters or trusses are the constructs that comprise the deck itself.

These terms are the most common that a homeowner will hear. In most cases, a homeowner won't need to know technical terms, like back surfacing, or understand how certain appliances operate. With this basic knowledge in mind, every homeowner can have a detailed discussion with their roofer about the specific needs of their roof.

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