Since our founding here on the Gulf Coast, clients have asked many questions about their roofing projects. If you're a homeowner in need of roofing replacement or repairs, you may have an endless number of questions about the how and when, the cost, and the timing of your project. We heard you, and we want to help.
Husband Contracting LLC understands that when it comes to roofing, people want to be well-informed. You want more than simple answers to your questions; you want expert advice.
We've compiled a list here of the most frequently asked questions about roofing, and we hope that this information will assist you in your search for answers. If you need answers to more specific questions, feel free to call us directly at the number below.
COMMONLY USED ROOFING TERMS
VALLEY The area running from the top of a ridge to the bottom edge of the roof, between two joining roof slopes.
RIDGE The top peak of the roof, where opposing slopes come together at a point.
GABLE A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of a sloping roof.
HIP A hip roof, or hipped roof, is a type of roof where all sides slope downwards to the walls, usually with a gentle slope. Thus, it is a house with no gables or other vertical sides to the roof. A square hip roof is shaped like a pyramid.
FLASHING Is used to terminate an exterior structure or siding to the roof surface. Flashing is typically 26-gauge metal, bent to conform to the roof slope and then turned up on to a chimney, skylight, wall, or dormer.
PIPE FLASHING/COLLAR PVC plumbing vents are run up through your roof for proper drain flow. Pipe flashing or pipe collars are used to seal these pipes to the roof. Typically pipe flashings are made of a galvanized base, with a rubber sealing collar, or of pliable lead.
ROOF JACK A galvanized stack made to cover dryer ducts and kitchen vent-a-hood stacks, that are run through the roof deck.
DECKING The plywood or hardwood substrate below your shingles. Typically, homes are constructed with 1/2" thick plywood or 7/16" thick OSB.
OSB Oriented Strand Board, "wafer board" style plywood
ROLL ROOFING Comes in 3 foot wide, 33-foot-long rolls. Flat, roll style product, topped with roofing granules available in several colors. Used commonly on patios or sunrooms.
MODIFIED BITUMEN Pronounced "bid-u-man". This roll roofing product is a premium grade, low slope roofing that is topped with colored granules. Can be applied with hot tar or a cold application cement. Designed for flat roofs, patios and garages, modified has elastic capabilities that allow it to stretch rather than crack.
HVAC/FURNACE CAP An exhaust vent runs from your interior air conditioning air handler, up through the roof. A storm collar, base and ring are installed to secure it to the roof and a cap is placed on top of the vent. The caps are susceptible to hail damage and are commonly replaced.