As a homeowner or business manager who does not work in the roofing industry, it may be intimidating to contact a roofing company and discuss details about roofing repairs or replacement. There is a specific terminology used in this industry and you should either ask information every step of the way about things you do not understand, or educate yourself a bit, by consulting glossaries.
Here are just a few examples of the most common words you will hear from more than one knowledgeable Denver roofer about a roof:
Flashing is typically made of sheet metal and used to waterproof areas around roof penetrations (chimneys, vent pipes etc.) and valleys. It is a very important element of the roof that must be treated with particular attention, because most water leaks start because of improperly installed or damaged flashing.
Most shingles are designed with a layer of crushed rock and ceramic coating on their surface, for increased resistance. If you notice granules in the gutters or around the house, it is a sign that your shingles are damaged or old and must be replaced.
Pitched roof vs. flat roof
A pitched roof has a certain slope, depending on its design. The space underneath the roof is known as the attic and can be used as a storage or living space. On the other hand, a flat roof has a very slight inclination, invisible to the eye, and no attic.