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Houston Roofing Info and Terminology

A roof is far more than just shingles. Make sure you know your roof so you can be confident in your roofing decisions. For the basics of roof of what goes into a making a strong roof, visit our Integrity Roof System page for more information. Durability, expected life span, and resistance to wind and algae growth are all important considerations in the selection of your new shingles. Your climate - annual rainfall, relative humidity, typical wind conditions and storms, etc. - impacts the importance of these features. Need roof repair or have questions? Give Ameristar Roofing & Restoration a call at 855-736-7663 or contact us online today for a free inspection!

Roofing Terminology

Roofing Terminology diagram

Eave: The eave is the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building.

Dormer: A dormer is an element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface. It creates usabled space under the roof of a building, and allows windows to be added.

Metal Drip Edge: Also called a drip cap, this protects the edges of your roof and prevents water from draining behind the gutters directly into the roof itself.

Modified Bitumen Roofing Membrane: A tough roofing membrane for flat and low-sloped roofs. Read more here.

Flashing: Flashing is used to protect any seam or opening where two surfaces meet. Read more about roof flashing on our blog.

Plywood: The roof decking; the solid base your roofing materials attached to.

Underlayment (Modified or Felt Paper): A water-resistant layer to protect the roof deck and act as a second layer of protection against leaks. Learn more about the different options on our underlayment page.

Valley: A valley is where the roof surfaces meet at an inside angle.

Skylight: A window installed in a roof or ceiling.

Ventilation System: A vent at the ridge or peak of your roof to allow hot air from under the roof to escape into the outside air.

Ridge Cap: The ridge or peak of a roof where the surfaces meet. A potential weak point which should be carefully covered with specially designed shingles.

Rake: A rake board runs along the edge of the roof and protects your siding from potential damage and leaks.

These are the basics or roofing and terminology. Make sure to visit our Roofing Resources page for more information. Give us a call at 855-736-7663 or contact us online and let us help you with your Houston roof repair or replacement today.