Roofing trade jargon

Jargon by trade
Conservation area

An area designated by the local authority to be of special historical or architectural significance, in which certain developments may be restricted.

Dormer

A type of framed window which projects vertically though a sloping roof.

Down pipe

A plastic, cast iron or steel pipe which takes rain water away from gutterings to drains.

Eaves

The lower edges of a sloping roof where the first tiles of slates are laid into the fascia board.

Flashing

A strip of metal, typically lead or zinc, used where elements of a roof meet, to protect the joints from water damage.

Gable

The triangular section of wall underneath a sloping roof.

Gutter

A trough that directs water from the eaves to the down pipes.

Mono-pitch roof

A roof which slopes in one direction.

Parapet

A low wall that extends above the roofline of a building.

Pitch

Also known as slope, the angle or steepness of a roof.

Rafter

A sloping beam that forms the main structure of a roof.

Ridge

The apex or highest point of a pitched roof where the slopes meet.

Soffit board

A panel fixed to the lower end of rafters underneath the eaves of a house.

Underlay

A layer of material laid between a covering and a sub-structure - for example between a carpet and the floorboards beneath it.

 

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