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Common Roofing Terms for the Layman

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Common roofing terms used by roofing contractors

Common Roofing Terms for the Layman

Do you want to learn more about your roof? Take a look at this list of common roofing terms you may not be familiar with:

  • Drip Edge – This is an L-shaped strip made of metal that is installed along the edge of a roof that ensures water will run off of it appropriately.
  • Fire Rating – Fire rating is a system that is used to classify the fire resistant of roofing material. A class material is the highest rated. The other ratings are B, C, and unrated.
  • Rafters – This term is used to refer to the supporting frame of your roof. Your roof deck is attached to the rafters.
  • Truss – The truss is the part of your roof that supplements the rafters in your home or business. These parts of the roofing are explicitly designed for your roofing and should not be removed or changed.
  • Valley – This is the angle that is formed when two sloped roof surfaces intersect.

Learn more about your roofing from a specialist at G&W Roofing. When you need a roofer in Daytona Beach, as well as many other surrounding Central Florida cities, we are your local roofing expert.


  • Johnathan Weaver

    Johnathan "John" Weaver is a seasoned roofing expert with a 12-year tenure at G&W Roofing, a company renowned for its residential and commercial roofing services in Brevard, Volusia, and Flagler counties since 1986. A resident of Edgewater, Florida since 1991, John possesses a deep understanding of the unique roofing needs of the Florida climate. When he's not crafting durable roofs, he enjoys fishing in Florida's tranquil waters and capturing the beauty of Edgewater through his photography. Join him as he shares valuable insights and tips from his extensive experience in the roofing industry at G&W Roofing.

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