10 Roofing Terms You May Not Know

When it comes to roofing, there’s a lot more going on then just shingles and tiles. Many homeowners aren’t familiar with a lot of roofing terms, but we can help you with that. Being in the know can go a long way when it comes to your home.

10 Roofing Terms You May Not Know

Pitch, Hips, Ridges, and Valleys

These terms refer to the angles and shapes on your roof. A pitch is the angle or slope of your roof. A hip is an outward facing angle, a ridge is the peaks, and the valleys are inward angles.

Flashing and Ridge Vents

Flashings are the metal pieces you can see around chimneys or vents. It prevents water from getting into the seams. Ridge vents are metal or shingles that cover the peaks to release hot air to help with attic ventilation.

Surface Materials

These are the materials that are on the outside of the roof. Shingles, tiles, slate, metal, and many more options are available for surface materials. We offer a variety of options.


This is the waterproof materials between your surface material and sheathing. Its usually treated felt.


Sheathing is the boards that sit on the roof trusses or the rafters. Usually, it is made up of plywood.

Fire Rating

This term is used to show your roofs ability to retard fires. There is a class A, B, C, and unrated.


When it comes to repairing or replacing a roof we understand it can be difficult. Terms for your roof shouldn’t make it even harder.


As your local roofing company, we provide the services you need to keep a highly functioning roof over your head. Call us today and we can take care of your home’s roofing needs.


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