Comprehensive Roofing Terms Glossary

Demystifying Roofing Jargon: An In-Depth Look at Key Terms

Roofing projects can often be complex, filled with industry-specific jargon and terminology that might be unfamiliar to homeowners and those new to the field. Our comprehensive guide to essential roofing terms aims to demystify these terms, providing clear definitions and explanations. Whether you're a homeowner embarking on a roofing project, a student studying construction, or a professional looking to refresh your knowledge, this glossary is designed to be your go-to resource. Explore the terms below to gain a deeper understanding of roofing concepts and enhance your ability to make informed decisions.

Vapor Retarder

A material designed to restrict the passage of water vapor through a roof system or wall.


The flow of air through the roofing system, reducing heat and moisture buildup.


The edge projecting over the gable of a roof.


Making a structure impervious to water or dampness.


Securing a building against the effects of weather, such as rain, wind, and sun.

Wind Uplift

The force exerted by wind on roofing elements to detach them from the structure.

Zinc Strips

Metal strips installed at roof peaks to reduce the growth of algae and moss.

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