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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.

The fascia is a horizontal architectural element typically found at the edge of the roof, connecting the outer edges of the roof and the supporting wall. It plays a dual role in both aesthetics and function. The fascia supports the bottom row of roof tiles and carries the guttering, crucial for efficient rainwater drainage. Made from various materials including wood, aluminum, and plastic, it also contributes to the finished appearance of a building, concealing the roof’s edge and providing a neat, tidy finish.

In construction, flashing refers to materials used to prevent water penetration at critical areas in a building’s exterior, particularly where the roof intersects with walls or other structures. Flashing is typically made of galvanized steel, copper, aluminum, or rubber and is installed around features such as windows, doors, chimneys, and roof vents. Properly installed flashing is vital for maintaining a water-tight building envelope, preventing water damage, mold, and structural issues.

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Construction glossary term - Foundation

Footings are an integral part of a building’s foundation, designed to support the structure and distribute its weight onto the ground. They are typically made of concrete and are placed deep in the ground, below the frost line, to ensure stability. The size and type of footing depend on the soil characteristics and the building’s load. Properly designed footings are crucial to prevent settling, shifting, and potential structural damage to the building.

The foundation is the lower portion of a building structure, providing a stable base upon which the rest of the structure is built. It transfers the building’s weight to the ground and must be designed to withstand both the load of the building and any external forces such as wind, seismic activity, and soil pressure. Foundations come in various types, including slab-on-grade, crawl space, and full basement. The choice depends on factors like climate, soil type, and the building’s design.

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