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What are the Parts of a Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 4, 2019 11:18:59 AM

S-5!® Word of the Week - Parts of a Metal RoofWORD OF THE WEEK: Dormer

PRONUNCIATION: \ ˈdȯr-mər

PART OF SPEECH: NOUN

SENTENCE: // A dormer is a structural projection from the main roof. It is usually gabled and typically has a window. The word dormer refers to the whole projection, not just the window. 

When referring specifically to the window itself, it would be called a “dormer window”. It comes from the Latin word dormitorium, which means “sleeping room”.

But what about everything else that makes up a metal roof? From flashing, ridges, to valleys and eaves. Where are all these on a roof and what is their purpose? Read on as we deconstruct the rest of the metal roof.


Word De-Construction 

WORD OF THE WEEK: Drip Edge – (more commonly known as eave flashing when referencing metal roofs)

PRONUNCIATION: \ ˈdrip | \ ˈej 

PART OF SPEECH: Noun

SENTENCE: \\ The term drip edge is a piece of metal placed on the eave of a roof to help control and direct the flow of water into the gutter. It is designed to protect the underlayment and eave. A properly installed drip edge will encourage water to flow off your roof away from the house and not directly down the sides. More commonly, this area is termed “eave flashing” or “eaves flashing”, or “fascia flashing”. The entire area is called the “eave detail”. This includes: the flashing, the folding and termination of roof panels, and gutter (if applicable – as not all roofs have gutters).

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: Eave Overhang

PRONUNCIATION: /ēv/  ;  /ˈōvər | haNG/

PART OF SPEECH: Noun

SENTENCE: \\ The eave overhang is the part or edge of the roof that overhangs the building beyond its side-wall. Eaves help direct the flow of water off the roof; but they also provide climate control for your house. Since windows are the biggest source of heat flow into a house, installing eave overhangs will provide shading and cool the house. On the same note, well-positioned eaves can help ensure you receive sunlight in the winter time as well. Not all buildings have significant eave overhangs, but all light construction does have eaves.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: Fascia – Eave Fascia and Rake Fascia

PRONUNCIATION: /ˈfeɪʃə/  ;  /ēv/  ;   /rāk/

PART OF SPEECH: Noun

SENTENCE: \\ The fascia is a linear, vertical piece that covers the framing between the top of the roof and the soffit (underside) area of rake or eave overhangs. You can also use the fascia to hang gutters along the eaves. The eave fascia and the rake fascia are normally composed of wood and would have a related metal flashing from beneath the roof covering and over the top of the fascia board. The fascia board may be clad with metal flashing or stucco finish too.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: Flashing

PRONUNCIATION: \ˈfla-shiŋ

PART OF SPEECH: Noun

SENTENCE: \\ Flashing is sheet metal that is used in waterproofing the perimeters and protrusions, valleys and other conjoining or intersecting areas of a roofing system.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: Gable

PRONUNCIATION: \ˈgā-bəl

PART OF SPEECH: Noun

SENTENCE: \\ The gable, also known as the rake, is the edge of the roof that runs from the eave to the ridge.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: Pitch 

PRONUNCIATION: \ ˈpich

PART OF SPEECH: Noun

SENTENCE: \\ The pitch refers to the steepness or slope of a roof – the rise (height) in ratio to or “over” the run (length). A steep slope roof is generally any pitch that is greater than 3:12 also expressed as 3/12. (The roof rises three inches for every 12 inches of run).

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: Ridge 

PRONUNCIATION: \ ˈrij

PART OF SPEECH: Noun

SENTENCE: \\ The ridge is where the two roof slopes intersect or come together to form a horizontal line. It is this top section that runs the length of the roof, separating the two opposite sides. 

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: Valley

PRONUNCIATION: \ ˈva-lē

PART OF SPEECH: Noun

SENTENCE: \\ The valley is the water-carrying angle where two sloping planes of the roof meet.


 

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