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Jargon.

Insider Talk.

Lingo.

It can be a short cut to communication but can also hinder it.

In roofing, we have quite a few words that may confuse the general population. We don’t mean to, promise. So if you see any of these terms on your next proposal, don’t dismay.

Crickets

Though they’re regarded as good luck, in roofing it’s a method of building. We install a cricket on your flat roof to improve the slope, directing water to the nearest roof drain.

Ponding

Ducts are corridors for air movement that connect to your heating and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Ducks are known for swimming and feeding in ponds. If you have ponds large enough for ducks, you have roofing deterioration.

Water is beautiful and restorative. Many of us regard the ideal vacation spot near to some type of body of water. We sometimes forget that water is also destructive.

Ponding is when large pools of water collect in low spots. It’s also known as a “birdbath.” These areas can be corrected in several ways.

According to the Construction Dictionary, 9th Edition © 2001 published by the Greater Phoenix, Arizona Chapter #98 of the National Association of Women in Construction lintel is defined as follows:

(1) Curing method for flat surfaces whereby a small earth dam or other water-retaining material is placed around the perimeter of the surface and the enclosed area is flooded with water. (2) The gathering of water at low or irregular areas on a roof.

Alligatoring

Alligatoring is where the roof membrane resembles the skin of an alligator. This is a deficiency in the roofing.

This occurs when the waterproofing membrane contracts and expands to the point where granule loss occurs. This condition can lead to direct water infiltration through the membrane. Again, this can be repaired.

According to the Construction Dictionary, 9th Edition © 2001 published by the Greater Phoenix, Arizona Chapter #98 of the National Association of Women in Construction alligatoring is defined as follows:

(1) Cracks in the surface layer of materials only, which widen from contraction caused by a sudden change in temperature, lack of binder, not sufficient drying time between coats, poor penetration or applying a hard film over a soft undercoat. (2) Extensive breaking of paint film resulting from the second coat being applied over a primer not thoroughly dried.  Sometimes referred to as crocodiling.

Bonus: Fish Mouth

A “fish mouth” is when the membrane buckles. The buckle creates a void allowing water to intrude.

None of these situations are anything to fear, as they can be easily corrected. Give Kevin Sarno a call at (877) 628-5556 today to schedule an appointment.