Roof Terminology

What are common roof terms in Quincy, IL?

Words such as: roof ridge, hip roof, peak, eaves, roof rake, roof valley, slope, gable; among others, are commonly used by certified and licensed roofing companies to properly describe various roof structures. Today, we will discover what these terms mean and hopefully provide our customers will a better understanding of each term.

The roof ridge or ridge of a roof is the horizontal line running the length of the roof where the two roof planes meet. This intersection will create the highest point on a roof and can be referred to as the peak. Hip and ridge shingles are specifically designed for this part of a roof.

Hip roof, also called hipped roof, is a roof that slopes upward from all sides of a structure. Therefore, a hipped roof does not have any vertical ends. The hip on the roof is the external angle at which the adjacent sloping sides of a roof meet. The degree of such an angle is referred to as the hip bevel.

The eaves on a roof are the edges which overhang on the face of a wall and, in most cases, project beyond the side of a building.

A roof rake is the exposed portion on the side of a gable roof that extends from the eave to the ridge of the sloped sides. Similarly, a roof valley is when two roof facets meet at a slope to form an interior angle. The roofing material between the structural components (the trusses and joists) and the insulation and weatherproofing layers is known as the roof deck.

What are common Quincy, IL roof types ?

A roof sloping downward in two parts, which then create an angle from a central ridge is known as a gable roof. This type of roof leaves a gable at each end.  A mansard roof is a type of roof that has four sides, with two slopes on each side. The lower slope is usually much steeper than the upper slope. A symmetrical two-sided roof in which each side has two slopes (one steeper and one shallower) is a gambrel roof. An example would be a barn roof.

Low slope NRCA defines low-slope roof systems, such as a category of roofing that includes weatherproof types of roof systems. These are installed with slopes less than or equal to 3-in-12 (14 degrees). A steep slope is less than or equal to 4-in-12 or higher.

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