Whether it’s commercial roofing or residential roofing, the roofing industry has no shortage of work to be done. In fact, it’s no secret that many young students are opting out of a college degree in favor of pursuing trades such as roofing, plumbing, and welding. This can be an incredibly fruitful venture, and more and more roofers are stepping into the business.
One of the basics of learning how to roof is learning the vocabulary that many experts use. Knowing how to refer to parts of a roof is crucial to doing the job right the first time. In this video, we will take a look at some of the basics of roofing terminology.
First of all, a large section of a roof is called a slope. From one end to the other, a slope never changes direction. These slopes are measures by increments of pitch, which is how high or low it slopes. The leading edge of your roof is known as the eave. The pitched part of the edge of your roof is called the rake. The big triangle that two roof slopes come together to make is called a gable. When two roof slopes meet in a declining fashion, this is called a valley.