7 BASIC ROOF AREAS YOU NEED TO KNOW
So you called your roofer to inspect your roof and he tells you about gables,rakes,valleys,hips,condition etc. and you have no idea what’s he talking about?
or maybe your not familiar with some of the roofer’s lingo? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Some people are even afraid to ask the roofer about the meaning
of such unfamiliar words and they just pretend to know as much as he does.
Here’s a brief roof overview about the main areas of your roofing system that
you need to know a.s.a.p :
1 – HIP: The inclined external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes and runs
from the ridge to the eaves.
2 – RIDGE: The uppermost, horizontal external angle form by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.
3 – EAVES: The horizontal lower edge of a sloped roof.
4 – VALLEY: The internal angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.
5 – DORMER: A framed window unit projecting through the sloping plane of a roof.
6 – GABLE: The upper portion of a side wall that comes to a triangular point at the ridge of a sloping roof.
7 – RAKE: The inclined edge of a sloped roof over a wall.
Those are some of the basic and main parts of any residential roof, get to know them well so next time you call your roofer you’ll be familiar with the wording on contract.
source: Certainteed MSA Manual.