Roof Terminology: The Basics Explained Part 1

In order to make the right decision for your home, it is important to know some basic concepts and definitions–metal roof terminology.

Here’s a new feature on the blog to help explain some of the basic terminology associated with roofing. Part 1 provides labels for those easy to describe, but difficult to name parts of your roof.

  • Eaves—The horizontal edge of the roof that is closest to the ground.
  • Ridge—The peak of the roof where two roof surfaces meet.
  • Gables—The vertical edge of the roof.  Where a course of shingles either begins or ends.
  • Hips—any outside corner of two intersecting roof surfaces.
  • Valleys—any inside corner of two intersecting roof surfaces.

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