Owning a home is not as glamorous as the media has it out to be. It requires a lot of time and effort. Researching a project in order to DIY is confusing, time-consuming and dangerous if not completed correctly. So, it is crucial that you hire a professional. To better understand what we do, here are some answers to some tough questions. Welcome to Roofing and Construction 201! 

What are Brick Veneers? 

Veneers are overlays of brick attached to the traditional wall structure and joint together with cement-like mortar. So, what looks like a solid brick house from the outside is truly just a traditionally built structure on the inside. 

In this way, brick veneers are a modernized take on solid brick structures. Veneer work has a quicker assembly time and is much less expensive than a solid brick wall. Moreover, cavities in their frames can be insulated for better energy performance to save you even more money. At the same time, they have the same look and low maintenance as a solid brick wall. 


What is Tuckpointing? 

Tuckpointing is another little-known masonry technique but is also fairly common. It is the term used to describe the process of clearing away old mortar and replacing it. Since the procedure cuts away at a building’s structure, it is important that a complete assessment is done beforehand. This determines where the mortar needs to be repaired. 


What is soffit? 

Soffit is the siding on the underside of a roof’s overhang. It is seen close to your home or while you are underneath it. Soffit takes on the same color scheme as the home’s siding and can be made out of aluminum, wood, and vinyl. Due to Wisconsin’s weather, it is best to opt for vinyl soffit. 

Having the correct soffit is crucial to your attic’s structural integrity. The correct soffit should offer venting between your roof and attic so moisture can escape and mold is avoided. At the same time, it should help release heat during the summer months and keep wasps and other animals away. 


What Part of the House is the Fascia? 

Although some people may think fascia is the same as soffit, it should be known that they are starkly different. Fascia is directly above soffit and below the gutters. It is the board on the front of a roof’s overhang. Like soffit, fascia is made out of wood, aluminum, or vinyl. It is important to maintain your home’s fascia so that gutters, roof tiles, and shingles stay in place.  


What is Flashing? 

Flashing is a thin sheet used to prevent water seepage into a building. Most flashing materials are made out of aluminum, copper, zinc alloy and stainless steel.  And although these materials are very durable they do weather away if not taken care of. Maintenance is especially important at structure joints such as chimneys, vent pipes, walls, windows, and door openings. With the proper upkeep, moisture and mold will stay away from the inside. 


In Conclusion…Roofing & Construction 201 Final Exam

We hope you have studied! This one is a doozy! 

Although owning a home requires more work than what it seems, it is worth it in the end. Taking care of a home is rewarding. It is what keeps you safe and warm from the elements. And you now know useful information to maintain all areas of the home’s structure.  So you will be fine! Anyways, you do not have to do it by yourself. We are here to help with your masonry, siding, roofing, and construction. We will help you pass Roofing & Construction 201. Contact us with any questions.