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Jacksonville Roofing: Article About The Anatomy Of A Roof

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For a first time homeowner, the repair or replacement of a roof may seem like a daunting task. Being able to communicate openly about the various parts of a roofing project can help homeowners feel confident and at ease when speaking with a Jacksonville roofing contractor. While there are many different components to a well functioning roof, some parts are more significant than others.

The term "shingle" describes the very top layer of a roof. Although asphalt shingles are the most popular type of shingle in a roofing system, many other materials can be used. Each system has its own unique set of advantages. For example, tile roofing is well known for being visually appealing. This material is ideal for homeowners looking to increase their home's curb appeal. On the other hand, metal roofing is best known for its durability. Although it may not be the most stylish option, some metal roofs can last for a lifetime.

While homeowners know that the tall stone or brick structure that rises from the roofline is known as a chimney, what many do not know is that a chimney cap is the stone or metal piece placed above a chimney that is designed to guard against snow or rain.

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The interior portion of a chimney is lined with a special component that carries fumes and smoke upward from the fireplace. This part of a roof is called a chimney flue. In many cases, a flue will consist of several rectangular or square sections of clay pipe.

When it comes to the shape of a roof, no two roofs are created equally. Some roofs may lay flat while others are sloped. For sloped roofs, the term "ridge" describes the highest point of the roof. This is the place where two roof planes intersect to form a horizontal peak. The vent that runs along this peak is known as a ridge vent. This component is responsible for allowing warm air to be released from the attic.

A gable is another important part of a roofing system. This term is used to describe the A shaped outer wall located at the peak of a roof. Some Renaissance style homes feature a unique variation of the gable called a crow stepped gable. This stair step shaped design originated in Europe and dates back to the early 15th century.

When it comes to working with roofing contractors, knowing the language is half the battle. Not only will this help homeowners communicate with the contractors, but may also help them better articulate the problem from the beginning. This can save lots of time and money in the long run.

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