Not necessarily but if your gutters and downspouts are the same age as your existing roof, you may need to. Bruin has been professionally installing gutters and downspouts in New England homes for years and can work with you to choose the right materials and colors for your home. Gutters and downspouts are made out of aluminum, vinyl, galvanized steel, stainless steel and copper as well as wood. Wood, however, is typically used only in restoring older homes.
Refer to the following roofing terms & definitions when planning for a new or repaired roof:
Asphalt: A bituminous waterproofing agent applied to roofing materials during manufacturing.
Back Surfacing: Fine mineral matter applied to the backside of shingles to keep them from sticking.
Caulk: To fill a joint with mastic or asphalt cement to prevent leaks.
Closed-cut valley: a method of shingling a roof valley where shingles from one roof plane cover the valley underneath shingles from the other plane, which are cut to fit the valley.
Coverage: Amount of weather protection provided by the roofing material.
Deck/sheathing: The surface, usually plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), to which roofing materials are applied.
Dormer: A small structure projecting from a sloped roof, usually with a window.
Downspout: A pipe for draining water from roof gutters.
Drip edge: An L-shaped strip (usually metal) installed along roof edges to allow water run off to drip clear of the deck, eaves and siding.
Eave: The horizontal lower edge of a sloped roof.
Exposure: The part of roofing material left open to the elements.
Fascia: A flat board, band or face located at a cornice's outer edge.
Felt/underlayment: A sheet of asphalt-saturated material (often called tar paper) used as a secondary layer of protection for the roof deck.
Flashing: Pieces of metal or roll roofing used to prevent seepage of water into a building around any intersection or projection in a roof such as vent pipes, chimneys, adjoining walls, dormers and valleys.
Fire rating: System for classifying the fire resistances of various materials. Roofing materials are rated Class A, B or C, with Class A materials having the highest resistance to fire originating outside the structure.
Gable: The upper portion of a sidewall that comes to a triangular point at the ridge of a sloping roof.
Granules: Ceramic-coated colored crushed rock that is applied to the exposed surface of asphalt roofing products.
Gutter: The trough that channels water from the eaves to the downspouts.
Laminated shingles – Shingles made from laminating together two separate materials – also known as architectural shingles and dimensional shingles.
Louvers: Slatted devices installed in a gable or soffit (the underside of eaves) to ventilate the space below a roof deck and equalize air temperature and moisture.
Overhang: That portion of the roof structure that extends beyond the exterior walls of a building.
Penetrations: Vents, pipes, stacks, chimneys-anything that penetrates a roof deck.
Pitch: The degree of roof incline expressed as the ratio of the rise, in feet, to the span, in feet.
Rafters: The supporting framing to which a roof deck is attached.
Rake: The inclined edge of a roof over a wall.
Ridge: The top edge of two intersecting sloping roof surfaces.
Sheathing: The boards or sheet materials that are fastened to rafters to cover a house or building.
Slope: Measured by rise in inches for each 12 inches of horizontal run: A roof with a 4-in-12 slope rises 4 inches for every foot of horizontal distance.
Square: The common measurement for roof area. One square is 100 square feet (10 by 10 feet).
Underlayment: A layer of asphalt saturated (sometimes referred to as tar paper) which is laid down on a bare deck before shingles are installed to provide additional protection for the deck.
Valley: The angle formed at the intersection of two sloping roof surfaces.
Vent: Any device installed on the roof, gable or soffitt for the purpose of ventilating the underside of the roof deck.