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Glossary Terms

Glossary  of Roofing Terms

At Century Roofing Limited, we hope to educate our homeowners on any terms undefined. We’ve compiled a handy list of some of the most common roofing terms so that you can understand every step of the roofing process.

  • Back surfacing

    Fine, granular material added to the backs of shingles to keep them from sticking together.
  • Ballast

    A heavy material that is used as an anchor to hold roof membranes in place.
  • Base flashing

    Roof membrane material that protects the joints between the roof and adjoining walls, or other vertical surfaces, from exposure to water and weather.
  • Base ply

    The lowest ply of roofing material in the roofing system.
  • Base sheet

    Asphalt-coated felt that is used as the first ply in certain roof systems.
  • Batten

    Thin strips of wood used to provide a fixed point to which other roofing materials, like shingles or tiles, can be attached.
  • Bitumen

    A naturally occurring black viscous material made up of decomposed organic materials and hydrocarbons that is used for roof surfacing.
  • Built-up roof membrane

    A multi-layered roof membrane made up of alternating layers of felts, fabrics or mats and bitumen.
  • Butt flashing

    The butt flashing is a metal strip used to keep water from seeping into the upper edges of the membrane base flashing, wall flashing or primary flashing.
  • Butyl

    A rubber-like material that is used as a sealant or adhesive.
  • Butyl tape

    A preformed sealant tape that is used to close joints and seams.

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Century Roofing

Century Roofing will ensure that each client is happy with their new roofing and/or siding project. We encourage our clients to provide us with feedback on their projects.

Here are some kind works that some of our clients have to say about working with our team.

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  • Excellent professional advice, prompt and solid work

    We had three quotes done for re-roofing our home. Bill’s quote was not just... read more

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    Ethical.respectful.knowledgeable. dependable. And most importantly trustworthy.

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