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Each speciality and field have their own terminology for things and their own acronyms, which can be confusing to those new to an industry. Roofing is one of those industries that has a lot of specialty terms that, when speaking to a roofer, can confuse you.

Master Shake Roofing System is a proprietary steel or metal roofing system that is designed for efficiency and performance. Steel roofs are some of the strongest roofs in the industry, known for their longevity, durability, and ability to handle tough storms. Our metal roofing system is the best in the industry, offering a 50-year warranty guarantee. Below, we’ll explore some common roofing terms you should know so the next time you are thinking about a new roof, you’ll be in the know. Contact us today to learn more about our metal roofing technology!



Flashing is the metal material you will see around openings and/or holes in your metal roof for vents, chimneys, and the like. Often made of sheet metal, flashing is designed to keep out the elements, including snow, ice, and rain, from your roof around these openings.


An eave is the horizontal lower edge of a sloped roof that overhangs the building. It’s the part of the metal roof that the gutters are attached to.


Most people know what gutters are, but the term is still worth defining. Gutters are troughs that sit below the edge of a metal roof that is designed to catch rainwater and melting snow water from your roof and convey it safely away from the foundation of your home so no water damage is caused.


A dormer can be one of the most beautiful parts of your metal roof. A dormer usually contains a window that projects out from the plane or slope of your roof. A dormer is often used to create more space in your attic so it can be turned into usable living space. There are many types of dormers, usually all named for the shape of the metal roof over the dormer. For example, there are hip roof dormers, shed dormers, and link dormers. They most definitely add beauty to any building.


A soffit is the material that is installed on the underside of an eave. It helps to ventilate your metal roof, which keeps mold from growing, is there for aesthetic reasons, and keeps out critters.


Fascia is directly above the soffit. It is usually an exposed board that is on the front of your metal roof’s overhang. Fascia is normally where your gutter would be installed. Fascia also plays a role in aesthetics since it is visible to passersbys.


Master Shake Roofing Systems is the best in metal roofing. From being mold resistant and environmentally friendly to being both functional and attractive, Master Shake’s metal roofs hold up for a very long time. Contact us today for a metal roofing dealer in your area!