Get Familiar with These 10 Roofing Terms and Definitions
Whether you’re a new technician or a veteran looking to refresh your memory, familiarizing yourself with crucial roofing industry jargon is always a wise decision. As a leading commercial roofing company, we know what’s being used the most on the job.
Here are ten commercial roofing terms and definitions you should know.
Roofing Materials & Systems
- HVAC – HVAC, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, is a system that provides heating and cooling to a building.
- Built Up Roofing (BUR) – A BUR roof system is made of layers of bitumen (asphalt or coal tar), reinforcing plies (felts or fabrics), and surfacing (such as aggregate, ceramic granules, or liquid coatings).
- Single-Ply Membrane – A single-ply roof system is layered for optimal protection and can be thermoset (made up of rubber) or thermoplastic (made up of plastic-based materials).
Safety & Building Regulations
- International Building Code (IBC) – The IBC is a model building code set by the International Code Council and is used as a base code standard by most jurisdictions in the United States.
- Job Safety Analysis (JSA) – A JSA is completed to determine health and safety practices in a work environment or job site.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – PPE, such as gloves, hardhats, and eye goggles, is used in the roofing industry by field workers to protect against potential hazards.
- Roof Plan – A roof plan is a scaled 2D drawing of a roof development proposal. It includes the dimensions of the entire roof structure (such as shape, size, and design) and placement of all materials, ventilation, drainage, slopes, valleys, and more.
- Fixed Price Quote (FPQ) – In an FPQ contract, the payment amount does not depend on the resources used or project time completion.
- NTE – An NTE (not to exceed) is a commitment by a vendor that the project will not exceed the amount of the submitted proposal and estimates.
- T&M – In a T&M agreement, a contractor is paid for the cost of their direct labor and the cost of materials.
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