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Specialist Jargon Used in the Roofing Industry

Your roof is the most important aspect of your property, so it is important to keep it in good condition. With this said, it is not uncommon for contractors to get carried away with the jargon they use, unintentionally alienating their clients. That is why the team here at Valent Roofing have put together some of the most common terms that are used within the roofing industry. Read on to find out everything you need to know…

Flashing: As the most common specialist term in roofing, flashing is a type of protection that covers joints and edges in order to prevent leaks. It can be made from a wide range of materials including copper, lead, aluminium, stainless steel and rubber.

Green Roof: Generically, a green roof is a type of flat roof where the extra space is being repurposed and used to grow organic material like plants, crops and flowers. It can be a great way to improve the aesthetics in overly urban areas.

Fascia: In roofing, a single strip of wood known as fascia is used in order to separate the roof from the wall. In fact, this panel is what the gutters are usually attached too. Interestingly, many roofers are choosing to swap out wooden fascia in favour of uPVC fascia due to its superior quality.

Parapet: Used for safety reasons, a parapet is a low wall that is installed along the edges of a roof. It is typically used in flat roofing designs in order to prevent people falling. They are often very low and tend to have a railing installed on top of them too if the roof is open for public use.

Dormer Roof: Since mortgages have become much more difficult to obtain and take longer to pay off than they did in the past, homeowners are now opting to have something called a dormer roof installed rather than relocate when the space in their home becomes too small. These are usually done during a loft conversion where the roof is redesigned in order to provide additional headroom around the window area.

Ensuring that our clients understand the work that we are carrying out as much as they possibly can is one of our aims here at Valent Roofing. After all, there is nothing worse than not understanding what the professionals are saying to one another! To find out more information about roofing terminology, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!


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