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Parts of a Roof... Not boring!

Yes, I know. Who gets excited about a roof? But really the more you know and the better informed you are, the better decisions you make.

To keep it from being too boring, we'll start off with "Where is Watson?".

If you saw our last blog, you know that Watson is our family dog. He's somewhere in this picture for you to find.

cute kids, watson, dog,labrador retriever

Now for our terminology lesson!

•Drip Edge – the strip of metal extending out beyond the eaves or rakes to prevent rainwater from curling around the shingles back onto the wooden portion of the house.

•Eaves – the lower edge of a roof (sometimes overhanging beyond the edge of the house)

•Fascia – a decorative board extending down from the roof edge either at the eave or at the rake.

•Felt – the bituminous paper used as a layer of protection between the roof deck and the roofing shingles. Usually made of a combination of asphalt and paper or rags

Flashing, roofing terminology

•Flashing – sheet metal used at junctions of different planes or materials on roof to prevent leakage

•Rafter – a structural member (usually slanted) to which sheathing is attached

•Rake – a term that describes the slanting edge of a gable end. It can be flat with no overhang, or it can overhang the gable end like an eave.

•Ridge – the horizontal line at the top edge of two sloping roof planes

•Sheathing – the decking material (usually sheets of plywood) which is nailed to the rafters and to which shingles or other outside roofing materials are secured

•Soffit – the area that encloses the underside of that portion of the roof that extends out beyond the sidewalls of the house

•Step Flashing – flashing that is laid in strips under each shingle and bent up the edges of a chimney or wall

•Underlayment – the material (usually roofing felt) laid on top of sheathing before shingles are applied

•Valley – where two sloping roof sections meet

Watson, Labrador Retriever, Dog with shirt

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