Lost in Translation: 8 Common Roofing Terms & Their Meanings

For many property owners, roofing is a complicated topic. If you’re getting a new roof or replacing your roofing in Colorado Springs, understanding common industry terms can help you in reseaching the right product for your home.

At AquaDuct Roof & Gutters, we don’t just install roofs; we also help you understand them. Here’s a list of common roofing terms you may come across when looking for a new roof.

ASTM – The American Society of Testing and Materials performs different tests on roofing materials to determine its quality. Examples of roofing standards by the ASTM are ASTM D3161 and ASTM D7158, which measures the wind resistance of roofing materials.

Built-Up Roof (BUR) – This is a type of flat roofing membrane that is composed of several layers of ply and asphalt sheets.

Concealed Nail Method – This is a process of installing roll roofing. The installer drives the nails through the underlying course and hides them with a cemented intersecting course. This protects the nails from the elements.

Free-tab Shingles – It’s a type of shingle that doesn’t have self-sealing adhesives or factory-applied strips.

Low Slope Application – It’s a process of installing asphalt shingles on a roof with only about two to four inches slope per foot.

Nesting – This is a re-roofing method where installers place new asphalt shingles over the old shingles. The edge of the new layer is pushed against the bottom edge of the old shingle tab.

Pitch – The degree of the incline of the roof, which is often expressed as the ratio of the rise (measured in feet), to the span (measured in feet, too)

Slope – This is the degree of the incline of the roof expressed as the ratio of rise, which is measured in inches, to the run, which is measured in feet.

Don’t let jargon and unfamiliar terms intimidate you. When you’re looking for Colorado Springs roofing replacement, knowing the meaning of these common terms can help you avoid unnecessary headaches and confusion.

Need help finding the right roofing for your home? Contact AquaDuct Roof & Gutters. We can discuss the features, benefits, and disadvantages of each type of roofing material, so you can choose a product the meets your needs and suits your budget. With over 40 years of experience and certifications from leading manufacturers, such as CertainTeed, GAF, and Owens Corning, we provide expert recommendations and exceptional services.