It is important to understand what needs to be replaced or repaired. If you don't understand your roofer's estimate, ask for further explanation.
- Felt - a barrier that protects the roof deck from moisture
- Eave - The part of the roof that extends beyond the edge
- Eave Vents - screens that allow fresh air into the attic
- Downspout - connected to the gutter, downspouts carry water to ground level, away from the foundation
- Dormer - smaller roof set into the larger roof
- Dry Rot - deterioration of wood caused by prolonged moisture
- Flashing - waterproof construction at intersections of planes and openings in the roof
- Fascia - connects the roof to the soffit, where gutters are attached
- Soffit - Covers the underside of the roof overhang
- Gutters - carries rain off roof and into downspouts to move away from foundation
- Diverter - a metal piece that moves water away from an opening when gutters can't be used.
- Hip - the intersection of two sides of the roof that form a sloping ridge from top to bottom
- Ridge - the intersection of two roof planes that form a horizontal peak
- Ridge Vent - an exhaust vent that runs along the peak of the roof to allow air to escape the attic
- Pitch - the slope of the roof
- Underlayment - the layer of protective material between the deck and shingles
- Deck - the base of the roof, usually wood or plywood
- Valley - the area where two sloping roof sides join at an angle to allow water runoff
- Square - A measurement term referring to the surface area of the roof. 100 square feet, usually 10' X 10" area
Craig Gouker Roofing has been installing quality residential roofing in South East Pittsburgh since 1991 and is the expert in shingle roof replacement.