Roofing Glossary

Advanced City & Guilds Recognised provider of training, qualifications and apprenticeships
Apex Top of the roof where the roof pitches meet
Bauder Branded single-ply and felt roofing products
BBA British Board of Augrement
CITB Construction Industry Training Board
City & Guilds Standards Apprenticeship standards
Codes Measure of lead thickness
Conservation Areas Protected areas, in Edinburgh these include Morningside, Newinton, The Grange and the New Town.
Corbel Structural stone with the appearance of a bracket to carry weight
CSCS Consturctors Skills Certification Scheme
Edinburgh Trusted Trader The only official scheme in Edinburgh vetted by Trading Standards
Felt roofing Traditional roofing material for flat roofs
Flat Roof Roof without pitch or minimal gradient
FSB Federation of Small Business
Georgian Housing Houses built between 1901 and 1918
GRF Glass reinforced fibre
Green roof A living roof covered with greenery and seedum plants
Heritage Buildings of historical importance
Home report Document with information about a property for sale
LSA Lead Sheet Association
Leadwork The use of lead for roofing finishes
Lime pointing A mortar made of lime, sand and water offering a waterproof finish
Nail-sick Decay of the nail
New build Recently constructed with new methods/systems but also traditional.
PIR Polyisocyanurate Insualation
Pitched Roof Angled roof, the ‘pitch’ determines the angle of the roof slope
Roof report An inspection report with roof evaluation
Sarnafil Registered trademark for premium single ply roofing
Skews Junctions where the roofing slates or tiles meets the edge or boundary gable wall
Slate Traditional natural roofing material. In Edinburgh, this is typically Scotch Clad slating but can also be Welsh, Burlington and Spanish slate.
Stonework The use of stone in building works, including chimney pots, pointing and so on.
Tiling Manufactued roofing material made from materials including terracotta, concrete or plastic.
Traditional buildings Buildings constructed to before 1919 often covered by conservation orders
Trusted Trader Edinburgh City Council initative
Vapour Control Layer A layer installed if adding insulation to prevent condensation
Victorian Housing Houses built between 1837 and 1901

Fettes College

Iconic Heritage

Ramsay Gardens

Old Town

Grant Avenue


Hermits & Termits

St Leonards Street

Park Road


Trade Accreditations