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Roofing Glossary: R

Roofing terms that begin with ‘R’

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

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Racking
Method of installing shingles in a straight up the roof manner.

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

Rake Edge
The vertical edge of gable style roof planes.

Release Film
The plastic sheet installed on the back of Weather Watch® and StormGuard underlayments. Used for packaging and handling. Remove before installation.

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

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

Rigid Vent
Hard plastic ridge vent material.

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

Roll Roofing
Asphalt roofing products manufactured in roll form.

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

Roof Louvers
Rooftop rectangular shaped roof vents. Also called box vents, mushroom vents, airhawks, soldier vents.

Roof Plane
A roofing area defined by having four separate edges. One side of a gable, hip or mansard roof.

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