Roofing Terms You May Encounter During Roof Replacement

By Stacy Mellete

When looking for residential roofing replacement in St. Petersburg and the surrounding area, you’ll encounter various words and phrases that may sound new to you. To help you prepare for a roofing project consultation, it’s best to learn about roofing terms that may come up during your conversation with the contractor.

Here are some terms you may encounter:

Asphalt. This waterproofing substance is often used to manufacture various roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles.

Built-up roofing. This is a low-slope or flat roofing composed of different layers of ply sheets and asphalt. Although it is popular among commercial properties, some homeowners have switched to built-up roofs for their properties. This type of roofing can withstand harsh weather conditions and is low-maintenance.

Cold-applied roofing system. “Cold applied” is a term used to describe a roof installation process that does not make use of heat. In this procedure, the roofing material is installed in liquid state. Many commercial property owners prefer this type of roofing system as they don’t have to stop their operations during installation. It reduces the risks that often come with hot-applied processes, such as fires, fumes, and skin or muscle burns.

A cold-applied roofing system also features a seamless, waterproofed layer, which roofing contractors Tampa can easily apply on sections that some membrane systems can’t cover.

Joist. These are small beams made of wood or metal, which are placed parallel to each other. They run from wall to wall to support the roof. Additionally, this is where the ceiling is fixed.

Laminated shingles. Laminated shingles are made of two pieces of shingles attached together. These are also called architectural or dimensional shingles. Compared with three-tab shingles, laminated shingles are tougher and thicker. Furthermore, many manufacturers offer longer warranty periods for this type of shingle. Typically, the thicker the shingles are, the longer the warranty coverage.

Learning about different roofing terms is the first step to knowing the various parts of your roof and choosing the best roofing for your home.

For more information on residential roofing in St Petersburg and the surrounding area, get in touch with Affordable Roofing Systems. Our specialists can answer your concerns and provide expert recommendations so you can make a smart choice for your home.

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