When you take a good look at the roof of your house, it is likely that you know there are a few different layers and components. However, beyond this fact, if you are like most people, you would have a difficult time explaining an issue with a specific point or element of the roof. You may not be a roofing contractor, but when something goes wrong with your roof, it is quite helpful when you can relay information using the correct terminology. Here are a few of the most common roofing terms you should know as a homeowner.

Roof Buckling - This is a term that is used to explain what happens when there is a compromise in the roof or underlying materials that causes the shingles or metal sheeting to look buckled or  not leveled. This is typically a simple fix that involves the removal of a section of the roofing and installing new materials that are appropriately lined up.

Shingle Blistering - Asphalt shingles should be tightly secured when they are installed and likely were on your home. But over time, you may start to see what appears to be bubbles show up beneath the shingles. This can be caused by high wind or excess moisture that gets trapped beneath a section of shingles, causing a specific area to swell as a blister.

Ponding - When the surface level of the roof changes due to age, water can collect in certain areas and not drain as it should down the roof to the gutters.  The longer this is an issue, the more water will collect in one area. This collection of water is usually referred to as ponding.

Substrate Discrepancies - The surface of the bare material of the home where the roofing is installed upon is known as the substrate. Substrate discrepancies is a term that can be used to explain dips and irregularities in the surface of the top of the home.

Telegraphing - It is not uncommon for older homes to have several layers of asphalt shingles because the old materials do not have to be removed before new installation takes place. When problems in the underlying shingles show through to the upper layer, it is called telegraphing.

By educating yourself a bit about the different terms that are used to describe roofing issues, you will be more likely to get the right kind of repair quickly. The roofer you contact for help, such as Classic Remodeling Corporation, will arrive to your home more prepared to tackle the issue at hand when you ahve explained the problem in terms he can understand.

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