Must-Know Roofing and Gutter Terms

Just like with any industry, there is a specific set of jargon needed to understand exactly what’s going on with your roofing project. Professionals in roofing, Port Huron can help break down those complicated construction terms so you know exactly what work needs to be done and when. Here are some common terms to be familiar with when embarking on your next roofing or gutter project:

Roofing and Gutter Terms

Alligatoring
Alligatoring is a rooftop condition that occurs when the seams open up or the tar and gravel cracks. This commonly happens to most tar and gravel roofs at the end of their lifespan, which is typically 10-12 years. In most cases, the roof should be replaced as soon as possible.

Aluminum Gutters
Aluminum is a moderately priced and rust-resistant material popular with newer installations. It comes unfinished or factory-painted. The downside is that aluminum tends to leak at joints because the metal expands and contracts too much for sealant to hold permanently. It also dents easily.

Copper Gutters
Copper is an expensive material that is strong, durable, rust-resistant and nearly maintenance-free. It will weather green unless you coat it with a clear sealant. It also needs to be installed by a professional.

Deck
A roof’s deck consists of sheathing and underlayment called roofing felt. The material used to finish the roof determines deck types. Most roofs require solid plywood or oriented strand board sheathing, while wood shingle and tile roofs need spaced board sheathing.

Dormers
Dormers create additional openings in your roof, which will affect your roof installation. One notable area is at the joints, which will need to be sealed with metal flashing. The style or dormer can also affect your roofing material. A shed dormer will decrease the slope of your roof over the opening. A gabled dormer often has higher pitches which will shed water more easily.

Fascia Board
Fascia board is the exposed end of your roof. The gutter is normally attached to this.

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