Is it time for a new roof and you feel a little intimidated about the terminology? We’re here to help!
Roofers will typically refer to the size of your roof in squares. A square is 100 square feet, which is a 10’x10′ box or square. An average sized roof is 15-18 squares.
2.) Chimney Flashing
Chimney flashing is metal used to protect your chimney and roof from water infiltration. It’s installed where the chimney and roof intersect.
3.) Roof Deck
Your roof deck is the bones of your roof. A roof deck is typically made of plywood or ledger board. Sometimes rot is found once the existing shingles are removed. This will be address before the new shingles are installed.
4.) Drip Edge
Drip edge are pieces of metal flashing installed along the roof edge. The name says what it does. Drip edge is meant to guide water off the edge of the roof to keep it from dripping down your house in excess.
The pitch is referring to the steepness of your roof as a ratio. For example, 3/12 means for every 12 yards in building length, your roof rises 3 yards. The diagram below is helpful to visualize what this means.
Finding a good, reliable contractor can be tough. It’s encouraged to meet with at least two contractors to get multiple quotes. Ask questions if you do not understand something. If they are willing to thoroughly explain why they are doing what they’re doing, you might find you have a good fit for you and your home. We do this every day but we understand that you don’t.
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