Roofing Glossary

Roofing Glossary

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There are 12 names in this directory beginning with the letter R.
Racking
Roofing application method in which shingle courses are applied vertically up the roof rather than across and up. Not a recommended procedure.

Rafter
The supporting framing member immediately beneath the deck, sloping from the ridge to the wall plate.

Rake
The inclined edge of a sloped roof over a wall from the eave to the ridge.

Random-tab shingles
Shingles on which tabs vary in size and exposure.

Release tape
A plastic or paper strip that is applied to the back of self-sealing shingles. This strip prevents the shingles from sticking together in the bundles and need not be removed for application.

Ridge
The uppermost, horizontal external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.

Ridge shingles
Shingles used to cover the horizontal external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.

Rise
The vertical distance from the eaves line to the ridge.

Roll roofing
Asphalt roofing products manufactured in roll form.

Roofing cement
A compound used to seal flashings, seal down shingles and for other small waterproofing jobs. Where cement is required for sealing down shingles, use a dab about the size of a quarter unless otherwise specified.

Roofing tape
An asphalt-saturated tape used with asphalt cements for flashing and patching asphalt roofing.

Run
The horizontal distance from the eaves to a point directly under the ridge. One half the span.

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