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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Modified Bitumen Roof

See, "Torch Down Roof"

See also: Topics: The Sound Roof

Manufacturers Specifications

The written installation and/or maintenance instructions which are developed by the manufacturer of a product and which may have to be followed in order to maintain the product's warrantee.

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A good example of a manufacturer's specification comes from our sponsor, Champion Metal of Washington. Their guide for the Snap-Loc roofing system can be used to specify how the material is to be installed. These specification are well illustrated, clear and easy to read.

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Manufactured Wood

A wood product such as a truss, beam, Glue Lam TM or joist which is manufactured out of smaller wood pieces and glued or mechanically fastened to form a larger piece. Often used to create a stronger member which may use less wood. See also Oriented Strand Board.

See also: Q&A: Framing, Q&A: Roofs