Your Roofing Cheat Sheet: A Glossary of Terms

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Elliott Roofing has been a roofing industry leader since 1981. When it comes to protecting your home and business from the top down, trust the experts. Trust Elliott Roofing!

Let us help you become conversational in roofing. Check out our most commonly used verbiage here!

BBB (Better Business Bureau)

BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public. BBB has determined that Elliott Roofing meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.

Bullpen

The bullpen is an Elliott Roofing original. It is known as the sales room or a place to spitball ideas. It’s where some of our greatest roofing concepts have been born!

Caps

Caps can match the performance of your new roof and offer multi-layer protection at the highest-stress areas of your roof, the hips and ridges. These pieces are essential to the protection of your roof and keep unwanted elements out. These are often the last pieces to be installed on a roof.

Commercial Roofing

Any roofing projects on a restaurant, shopping center, church, hotel, business building or more. As one of Oklahoma’s leading commercial roofers, Elliott Roofing has your business covered — literally! Roofing commercial properties can begin from the ground up, during the middle of construction, or can be re-roofed after the property is complete. Elliott Roofing takes care of the top of your business while you focus on the foundation. As a commercially endorsed company, you and your new roof are in good hands with Elliott Roofing. Our commercial endorsement number is #1969.

Cricket

A cricket is a small piece installed in between the roofing surface and the chimney to divert water. A cricket is an essential piece for any home with a chimney 30 inches or larger.

Felt

A sheet of saturated material that can be used as a secondary layer of protection for your roof.

(Metal) Finial

A finial is one of the ornate finishing touches to your roof. A finial is a decorative metal point normally placed on the ridges of a roof.

Flashing

Flashings are materials used to waterproof a roof around any penetration or roof to wall area. These are on different areas covering the roof and should be inspected every two to three years for damage.

Free Estimate

An estimated cost and time of a new roof, roof repair or re-roof. We understand roofing can be intimidating to the untrained eye. Elliott Roofing offers free estimates for both residential and commercial roofing services. Our team will explain and recommend needed services based on our inspections. Ask for your free estimate today!

Inspection

A roof inspection for any residential property. Our inspection is for your protection. Elliott Roofing’s “Roof Inspection Package” includes a completed inspection form detailing the condition of all roof surfaces, your additional components and roof accessories in a checklist format. You will receive a letter with a summary of your roof inspection, five photos for visual review and an           interpretation of the Elliott representative’s findings. When it comes to protecting, and inspecting your home, trust the roofing experts.

Insurance Claims

Elliott Roofing serves as a roof insurance claim specialist and will help write a claim to your insurance company after major damage to your roof. We help assess roof damage and help file roof insurance claims. If you have experienced damages to your roof due to rain and water leaks, tornadoes, ice or storms, Elliott handles your liability and property insurance with care to help you receive the best coverage.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Limited lifetime warranty covers workmanship on the roof and includes materials and labor to remedy any problem caused by workmanship. Elliott Roofing has two different warranty options. Check those out here!

Nail Stripper

A nail dispenser and holder worn around the neck. Roofers tend to use a nail stripper instead of a typical tool belt. The nail stripper holds the unused nails and lets them out the bottom one by one, giving the roofer an easier way to grab nails.

ORCA (Oklahoma Roofing Contractors Association)

The Oklahoma Roofing Contractors Association is a non-profit organization created to promote, train, and educate both our members and consumers on best practices for the roofing industry in Oklahoma.

Pitch

The angle, slope or slant of your roof. It was common to have a “low-pitched” roof in the 1960’s and a “high-pitched” roof is more common in a Victorian-era home.

Repair

Fixing an existing roof without replacing the entire structure. With Elliott Roofing, sometimes a repair to your existing roof is a fraction of the cost of a new one. Repairs can be needed after storm damage, hail damage or normal wear and tear. Our team evaluates your roof’s condition to present all your roofing options–free of charge. A roof repair is available for residential and commercial properties.

Re-Roofing

A complete overhaul of your existing roofing structure for residential homes. Residential properties can have normal erosion and depreciation, damage from Oklahoma’s unpredictable weather or can just become weak over time. Elliott Roofing can re-roof your home in any existing stage.

Residential Roofing

Any roofing project on a home as opposed to a business. A re-roof or roof repair is available for all residential properties. Be sure to get ahead of Mother Nature and have a roof inspection to protect your home.

Ridge

The peak where two sloped roof sections meet.

Ridge Vents

Installed on the peak of the roof, allowing exhaust ventilation all along the ridge-line. Ridge vents allow year-round ventilation to help the attic and provide distributed ventilation along the entire underside of the roof.

Squares

Roofing squares are one of the most common measurements in the roofing industry. 1 roofing square = 100 square feet.

Tabs

The bottom portion of a traditional shingle separated by the shingle cut-outs.

Valley

Area where two adjoining sloped roof planes intersect on a roof creating a “V” shaped depression.

Whirly Bird

A whirly bird is also known as a wind turbine. These pieces are installed on the very top of the roof next to ridge vents and use wind power to suck hot and humid air out of the attic.

References:

http://www.gaf.com/roofing/residential/glossary_of_roofing_terms

https://www.certainteed.com/resources/RPG_Accessories-Broch.pdf

https://roofgenius.com/roofingsquare.asp

https://www.thespruce.com/roof-pitch-determines-roofing-materials-1821975

http://www.gaf.com/roofing/residential/products/ridge_cap_shingles/timbertex

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