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Glossary of Construction Terms Used in Home Construction, Home Improvements, and Home Remodeling.

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Terms used in Aging in Place & Special Needs Remodeling, Basement Remodeling A Brand New Look at an Old Option, Design and Build Home Remodeling, Foundation Service, Green Building & Sustainability, Kitchen And Bath Remodeling, Structural Repair, Total Home Remodeling, and Egress Windows.

A sealing material used in building construction and maintenance. Caulk is used to fill gaps and joints to prevent water, air, and insect infiltration. It is essential in areas exposed to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, around windows, doors, and plumbing fixtures. There are several types of caulk, including silicone, latex, and acrylic, each with specific properties for different applications.

Circuit Breaker
A critical component in the electrical system of a building, designed to automatically interrupt the flow of electricity in case of overload or short circuit, thereby preventing fires and equipment damage. They replace fuses in modern electrical systems and can be reset after tripping. Circuit breakers vary in size and capacity, depending on the application.

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Construction glossary term - Circuit Breaker
Construction glossary term - Cornice

Refers to the application of one material over another to provide a protective and decorative layer. It is used to enhance the appearance of a building and to protect it from weather elements. Common cladding materials include wood, metal, stone, vinyl, and composite materials. Each material offers different benefits in terms of durability, maintenance, and aesthetic appeal.

An architectural element found at the top of a building’s wall or at the junction of a wall and ceiling. Cornices are often decorative, designed to add visual interest to a building. They can be simple or elaborately detailed, depending on the architectural style. Cornices also help in directing rainwater away from the building’s walls.

A critical component in roofing, used to prevent water infiltration into a building, especially around chimneys, vents, and where the roof meets a vertical wall. Counterflashing is installed over the primary flashing and is essential in ensuring a watertight seal. It is usually made of durable materials like metal or rubber.

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