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Roofing Glossary: F

Roofing terms that begin with ‘F’

Our roofing glossary defines common roofing terms. Please let us know if we are missing any words!

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Fasteners
Nails or staples used to secure roofing to the deck.

Feathering Strips
Tapered wood filler strips placed along the butts of old wood shingles to create a level surface when reroofing over existing wood shingle roofs.

Felt
Fibrous material saturated with asphalt and used as an underlayment or sheathing paper.

FHA
The Federal Housing Authority sets construction standards throughout the U.S.

Fiberglass Mat
Fibers condensed into strong, resilient mats for use in roofing materials.

Flange
Metal pan extending up or down a roof slope around flashing pieces. Usually at chimneys and plumbing vents

Flashing
Materials used to waterproof a roof around any projections

Flashing Cement
Sealant designed for use around flashing areas, typically thicker than plastic cement.

Free-Tab Shingles
Shingles that do not contain factory-applied strips or spots of self-sealing adhesive.