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Glossary of Roofing Terms

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Whether you’re replacing your roof or just curious about various roofing parts, this glossary of roofing terms will help you understand all the basics overhead.

Definition of Roofing Terms

Asphalt Shingles- Shingles made from asphalt-impregnated felt covered with granules.

Bare spots- Areas on the roof that are exposed to the elements.

Boot- A flange placed over the vent pipe to seal the opening.

Caulking– Sealant used around small areas such as windows to prevent water leakage.

Deck- A surface installed over trusses where roofing the roofing material is applied.

Drip Edge– Non-staining material used along the roof eaves to allow water run-off.

Felt- Used as a secondary layer of protection, felt is a saturated sheet of material that is placed under the shingles of your roof. Felt is also known as a common underlayment.

Finial- A finishing adornment placed on the ridges of the roof.

Flashing- Materials used to waterproof around any penetration spots or along the roof to wall. Flashing should be inspected every few years for damage and wear.

Grout- Made from a mixture of cement, sand, and water, grout is used to fill in cracks in masonry.

Gutter- Installed to direct water from the eaves to the downspouts.

Inspection– Heritage Construction does a free 25-point free roof inspection on all residential and commercial buildings. This inspection will detail the condition of the roof’s surface as well as all components of the roofing system.

Insurance- Heritage Construction takes pride in being expert roofing insurance claim specialists. We will inspect your roof and help submit the claim to your insurance so that you’ll receive all the insurance benefits you deserve.

Limited Warranty– Heritage Construction provides a lifetime workmanship warranty on all of our roofs. It’s important to have your roof inspected yearly for any damage, especially after a storm.

Pitch- The pitch is the angle or the slope of your roof. For a visual, think of the low-pitched roofs of mid-century modern homes versus the high roof pitches of the Victorian era. Roof pitches are destined to change based on architectural design trends.

Repair– Roofs can often be repaired without a total roof replacement. Contact Heritage Construction for a free roof inspection and we’ll evaluate your roof system and present you with the best, most affordable option.

Re-Roof- When only the best will do, you’ll need a new roof. No matter the stage of your current roof, Heritage can fully replace all parts of your roofing system so that your building remains safe and secure.

Ridge-  A ridge is where two sloped roof sections meet.

Ridge Vents- Venting is installed at the highest peak of the roof and allows for air intake and exhaust so that attic spaces are fully ventilated.

Roof System- The basics of what a roof is compromised of which includes the covering, insulation, vapor barriers, and decking.

Shingles- The top decorative layer of your roofing system. Shingles are made from several materials including asphalt, tile, and slate.

Skylight- A window-like structure that is designed to admit light.

Squares- Squares are a measurement term. 1 roof square= 100 square feet.

Tabs- The bottom of a shingle that’s separated by cut-outs.

Valley- Whenever two adjoining roof planes meet they create a “V” shape known as a valley.

Learn More About Your Roofing System

Heritage Construction specializes in residential and commercial roofing. We serve the greater Texas area and are experts in storm restoration. Whether you need a free roof inspection or are curious about what these basic roof terms mean, contact your neighborhood roofing professionals today. We’re always here to help. (That’s the Heritage Way!)



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Should You Cover Your Roof Vents in the Winter?

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About Roof Vents

Think twice before covering your roof vents in the winter. Although you might be worried about a draft entering your home or the chance of increased heating costs, your roof vents should never be barricaded. This article explains why.

If you’ve ever glanced up at your rooftop you’ve probably noticed your home’s roof ventilation. You may have even heard your roof contractor suggest the roof vents need to be replaced in order to protect your roof. In this article we’ll describe where vents are located, the different types there are, and what they do. And most importantly, why you should never cover them.

What do roofing vents do?

Most common on steep-slope roofs, exhaust and intake ventilation allow outside air to enter and exit the attic’s ventilation spaces.

Where is roof ventilation located?

Intake and exhaust vents are most efficient when paired together near the roof’s highest peak.

What are the benefits of venting your attic?

There are many reasons why your roof should be vented. A poorly ventilated home will not provide for the escape of heat that naturally builds up in attic spaces. The increased heat can eventually damage shingles.

In addition to protecting the roof, a properly vented home will help push hot air out of the home during the summer months, which will prevent your air-conditioner from overworking itself. This means a lower energy bill and a better functioning unit.

Ventilation is important because it prevents extreme high and low temperature fluctuations. Allowing hot air to exit and cool air to circulate is crucial in keeping your home comfortable year-round.

What are the different types of ventilation?

There are several common types of roof vents. The type you have depends on what’s necessary for your home’s construction. The most popular types of intake and exhaust roof vents include:

Intake vents:

  • Continuous soffit vents
  • Individual soffit vents
  • Drip edge or eave vents

Exhaust vents:

  • Turbine vents
  • Ridge vents
  • Static vents
  • Cable-end vents
  • Powered vents

Regardless of the type of roof vent, their purpose is the same, which is to create air circulation and prevent attic and roof damage in the winter.

Why you shouldn’t cover roof venting

Even though vents can cause attics to become colder in the winter months, they should still never be covered. Without proper air circulation your risk of structural and home environment damage increases.

By covering roof vents you’ll trap moisture and warm air. This can lead to the growth of mold which can cause potential health problems. In addition, if you live in an area that has snow or ice storms, the melting water can cause an ice dam when it falls onto a warm attic. Ice dams are damaging to a roof and can lead to potential roof leaks.

What’s the solution?

Instead of worrying if heat is escaping from your attic, check the attic’s temperature in the evening. It will likely be close to the outdoor temperature. If your attic is warmer, that means heat is leaking into the attic and you’ll need to fix your insulation problem rather than covering up the vents.

Whether you need vent replacement or a new roof, Heritage Construction can help your home stay warm and dry all year long. Contact us today for a free roof inspection, and keep your vents clear so air can circulate properly throughout your home and attic.

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5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Roofing Company Before Hiring Them

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A roof is a major home improvement that adds value and curb appeal to your home. When you’re considering which roofing company to hire,  keep the following in mind.

Things to Ask Potential Roofing Companies

Will my new roof include a warranty?

Heritage Construction guarantees the workmanship of our roofs for life. In addition to a roofer’s warranty, roof material manufacturers usually offer a warranty that lasts 25 years. Find out what will be covered and by who to ensure your investment is protected.

Who will show up to do the work?

Somebody will be in charge of your roofing project from the beginning to the end. This person will become your main contact and it’s who you’ll address any concerns with. Gather this information and keep it handy whenever you have concerns about the timeframe or project details.

What happens to my old roof?

Once your old roof comes off it has to go somewhere. Your roofing company will likely charge a removal fee but this isn’t always stipulated in the estimate, which means you could get left with a surprising add-on expense later. Make sure your estimate includes these details and all of which they encompass.

What about my plants?

Landscaping, plants, trees, and flowers are all subject to damage during the roofing process. With nails and shingles and tools spread about, you’ll want to find out how your vegetation will be protected prior to hiring a roofing company. Whether it’s covering the area or moving what you can to a new location, a reputable and professional roofing company won’t leave your branches in shambles.

When will it all be over?

Understandably, you want your home back to normal as soon as possible. You’ll find the busiest roofing companies have several roof projects taking place at the same time.  Although you may be racing the clock to get your roof repaired, don’t ever sacrifice quality. When a roofer is busy that’s a reassuring sign they’re reputable and do quality work.

Can I see references from your past projects?

Testimonies and ratings speak for themselves. Find out the quality of a roofer’s installation by being diligent in researching company feedback. If your roofer dodges the question and has nobody to provide kudos about their work, it might be time to meet with another company.

Our Proof is Our Roofs

Heritage Construction takes pride in providing exceptional service and crafting beautiful roofing systems. Contact us today if you have any questions about the process of working with a roofing company. Avoid a questionable roof contractor and reach out to the pros today.

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