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The Major Parts Of The Roof

Published on September 25th, 2015

If you didn’t know the components of the roof that sits above your head, you’re soon to learn about them. We’ll define them for you.

  • Decking/Sheathing: These are panels that cover the rafters and hold all the roofing materials, like the metal panels, shingle and tiles, etc.
  • Dormer: The areas around a window which projects from a sloped roof.
  • Drip Edge: This is placed at her end of the roof/eaves and directs water to run clear of the underlying construction.
  • Fascia: This is the trim (where gutters are usually attached) used to cover the rafter end of the eaves.
  • Flashing: These are the pieces of metal that are used to stop water from leaking into the intersecting areas or projections in a roof, like your valleys, chimneys and vent pipes.
  • Gable: This is a triangle shaped area at the end of a building, beneath the roof and above the main part of the building.
  • Hip: This is an external angle, which is formed by the meeting point of two sloping roof planes.
  • Rafters: These are the beams which run from the highest part of the roof, to the lowest part of it. They are part of the roof truss.
  • Ridge: This is the highest part of the roof; it runs the length of the roof.
  • Roof Truss: It is the supportive framework of the roof.
  • Soffit: This is the underside of the eaves. It is the part which covers the regions between the building and the end of the eaves.
  • Starter Strip: This is asphalt roofing, which is applied at the eaves and provides protection by filling the areas beneath the cutouts and joints of the first course of shingles.
  • Underlayment: This is usually referred to as tar paper. It is placed at the top of the decking, before the roofing materials are applied; it offers an additional layer of moisture protection.
  • Valley: It is an internal angle which is formed where two sloping roof planes (like a cross hip or cross gable roof) intersect.

We hope you learned a bit more about your roof. Discuss it with us. We know all about roofing and we can help you choose what’s right for you. If you’re in Nashville, you can contact us for all of your roofing needs. We are certified roofers in Nashville and we start with an inspection and a FREE estimate for your roof installation, repair, or replacement. Even when storms do their damage, we’re there for you to fix leaky roofs and more. Pick up the phone and call – we’re waiting!

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