Replacing your current roof or contemplating your options to get a new construction can be a really daunting task. An experienced roofer is critical for such a work, but understanding roofing terms past the gap between ‘slates’ and ’tiles’ can certainly make the process somewhat easier, and help you get a good idea of the appearance of your roof in the early planning phases.
Battens are generally tanalised or pressure treated for durability and to make sure they cannot be ruined by water and other possible problems, such as fungus or pests. Easy to install, no need to have a lot of equipment.
This is obviously an area of the roof that will see a substantial quantity of water runoff during wet weather, so it’s typical practice to line the valley with lead or a more contemporary glass fiber substance called Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP).
Naturally, the hip of any roof has to be weathered also and this can be accomplished in a number of ways with direct (outside or concealed), in addition to concrete or clay tiles.
The verge is used to refer to slates or tiles that overhang a gable and are fixed vertically to the peak of the building wall.