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Soffit and Other Unusual Roofing Terms

Have you ever found it difficult to understand what a roofing tradesperson is saying or what your quote is for?

This can be because the roofing industry uses specialised terminology to describe its processes and services. 

Repairing or replacing your roof can be a big investment, so before you sign a check, you need to make sure you know what you’re getting. Understanding key roofing terms will make this much easier. 

If you’d like to learn more about roofing, then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll share some unusual roofing terms and their definitions to make things easier for you. 

Unusual Roofing Terms Glossary:

  • Alligatoring: Alligatoring can be an issue for flat roofs. It is a type of cracking that can happen as flat roofs age due to sun exposure. It can lead to issues like leaks, shortening the lifespan of the roof. 

  • Battens: Battens are what roofing materials are fixed to. They are placed horizontally on the roof. The number and spacing of battens will depend on the roofing material being used.

  • Flashing: Flashing is a material that is used on the roof to keep moisture from passing into the roof. It acts as a barrier to protect your roof from the weather. Flashing is usually a thin piece of galvanised steel. It is used around chimneys, skylights and vents. 

  • Fascia: Fascia is a board that is placed along the lower edge of the roof. It is what the gutters are attached to. Fascia is designed to help protect your roof from water damage and weathering.
  • Soffit: A soffit is the underside of the overhang. It protects the rafter and keeps moisture out. Soffits should be inspected twice a year for wear and tear. 
  • Truss: A truss is a structural framework that supports the roof. It is made of wood and acts like a skeleton of the roof.

  • Underlayment: Underlayments are barriers that are installed under your roof deck for added protection. They are specially designed to be water-resistant and waterproof, to stop moisture from leaking in. 

Now that you know some unusual roofing terms, you’ll have a better understanding of how your roof works to protect your home. If you need advice on repairing or replacing your roof, turn to the experts. 

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