cupola master shake metal roofing

Roofs, although simple in idea, can be quite complicated in design. In fact, many people think it is just a simple plank with some shingles, metal, or other roofing material thrown on top. However, in reality, a roof, including a metal roof is made of many components that can confuse a lot of homeowners and business owners when they go to purchase a new roof.

Master Shake Roofing Systems installs the best metal roofing material available that is durable, resistant to mold and mildew, is 100% recyclable at the end of its long life, and is lightweight. Metal roofs are energy-efficient and long-lasting. In fact, we offer a 50-year warranty on our metal roofing materials. In this blog post, we’ll continue our look at roofing terms in order to help you better understand the roofing industry. Contact us today to learn more!



A valley on a metal roof is where two angles or slopes of a roof meet. They usually form a dip in your roof.

Membrane Roof

Most roofs have a layer of membrane installed beneath the shingles that helps with weatherproofing. It is usually seen mainly on flat roofs. They serve to prevent water leaks, and they help to move the water off the roof itself. As you can imagine, water accumulation on flat roofs is a concern for leaks, which is why flat roofs are often installed in dry climate areas.


Strapping is the wood that you see that is installed along the length of a ceiling or wall that is on the inside of the home. These are usually lumber strips installed prior to sheathing.


Shingles are usually attached to a roof’s sheathing, which are flat panels that help to keep the roof trusses, or rafters, spaced evenly. Sheathing also is a support system for the roof, providing much of the strength to hold it in place.


A metal roof truss is the general name for the structure, or framework, of your roof. A roof’s trusses usually include the rafters, posts, and struts.


When most of us think of a cupola, we think of huge domes in medieval cities in Europe. However, cupolas vary in size, with most being small. They are mostly of ornamental design that sit on top of a roof or ceiling. Popular during the Renaissance, cupolas often serve as belfries, towers, turrets, spires, and belvederes.


As a Top Rated Local® roofing company, Master Shake strives to bring you the best roofing product available. This is why we’ve made major improvements to existing metal roofing systems and come up with our own. We’ve improved the design to make your home garner even more curb appeal. We’ve improved the trim to add strength to your roof. Our innovative strapping has helped improve airflow, and our levelling technology helps to eliminate dips and sags. To order your Master Shake Roofing System or to get a free estimate, contact a local Master Shake dealer near you!