Glossary of Construction Terms

Do you ever feel as if your contractor is selling you polyisocyanurate foam when what you really needed was a setback thermostat? Here is a handy guide to common (and not so common) construction terms. Scroll through the glossary below or sort by the letter that starts the word you're looking for. For example, to find polyisocyanurate foam, select P and click Submit.

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Title Definition
Designer

One who designs houses, interiors, landscaping or other objects. When used it the context of residential construction it usually suggests that a designer is not a licensed architect. Most jurisdictions don't require an architectural license for most single family construction.

Deck Biscuit

Deck biscuits are a patented product designed and manufactured by EB-TY® and are the heart of their Hidden-Deck Fastening SystemsTM. These biscuits allow for the construction of wood and composite decks without nail and screws holes, splinters or loose deck boards. EB-TY® is one of the sponsors of the Sound Home Resource Center.

For additional information about deck biscuits, their application and use, please see the Deck Q and A page or visit EB-TY®. Available at Dunn Lumber.

Deck biscuits

Photo courtesy of EB-TY® Hidden-Deck Fasteni