Lets Learn Some Roofing Lingo

roofing lingo

When working with a roofing contractor it is important to have a baseline understanding of what they are talking about. As roofing specialist we tend to have our own lingo and because of this sometimes when we speak to a homeowner it can be confusing. In this article I am going to give you a few common terms and what they mean; so that next time you are dealing with a roofing contractor you can speak their language.

A Square

To start off with learning the roofing lingo, let’s begin with a square which is a common term used by roofing companies to describe the number of square feet on a section of your roof. 1 square is equal to 100 sqft (1sq=100sqft), this means if your roof is 4,000sqft a roofer will refer to your roof as 40sq. This is good to know when comparing estimates you take the total price and divide that by the number of sq on your roof and that will give you your price per sq.


A wooden board or another flat piece of material that covers the ends of your home’s rafters.


The part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building.


The underside of an architectural structure such as an arch, a balcony, or overhanging eaves.


The line or edge formed where the two sloping sides of a roof meet at the top.


A window that projects vertically from a sloping roof.


A strip of metal is used to stop water from penetrating the junction of a roof with another surface.


An internal angle is formed by the intersecting planes of a roof.

Cornice Strip

The top set of moldings just below the roof line usually consists of a fascia board, a soffit, and trim molding.


The last word to know in this roofing lingo crash course is the hip. The hip is the sharp edge of a roof from the ridge to the eaves where the two sides meet.

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    By Big Time Roof Team | Jun Mon, 2022| Roofing Advice