Cement board is the most common type of building material used under tile installed on floors, walls, countertops and backsplashes. It's purpose is to support the tile which needs a level surface as otherwise it's prone to cracking. That's why it's also called backer board or cement backer board. …
When I started my handyman business, I struggled with the words I needed to discuss customer problems and solutions. Not only did I have to learn the terminology, I also needed to understand the concepts behind the words that explain how houses are built.
For example, flashing took me months to figure out because each of my techs would use the word differently. Making it even more frustrating was that different types of flashing have different names like drip edge on a roof.
That's why I decided to start building this glossary of terms that every homeowner will want to learn.
All Glossary Articles
- Cement Board: What It Is & When to Use
- Popular Eggshell Paint Finish
- Orange Peel Texture On Your Walls?
- What is a Floating Deck?
- Matte Paint: Same as Flat Paint?
- MERV Rating or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value
- Ridge Vents on Top of Your Roof
- What is a Fascia Board on a House
- Difference Between HVAC Registers and Grilles
- Rebar, Short for Reinforcing Bar
- What are Lintels & How They Hold Your House Up
- Real Estate Terminology, Construction Terminology & More
- Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) or Super Plywood
- Lumber Quality Grades
- Ipe Wood is a Green Building Material
- Blocking & We’re Not Talking Football
- What are Balustrades?
- Balusters Versus Spindles
- What is A Double Hung Window?
- Think You Know What French Doors Are?
- Find a Certified Home Inspector at ASHI
- Lally Column or Basement Floor Jack
- A Spool Combines a Swimming Pool and ???
- Common Uses for a Pony Wall
- What is a Swamp Cooler?
- Dentil Molding (or Moulding)
- Building Permit (or Construction Permit)
- Weep Holes Let Unwanted Water Escape
- Gable Vents for Ventilation
- PEX Tubing
- Knockdown Drywall Texture
- Fascia Boards
- Sponge Test for Wood Rot
- Why You Need Soffit Vents
- Attic Rafter Vents
- Janka Hardness Test for Hardwoods
- Lumber Sizes
- Bow Window
- Bay Window
- Weep Hole
- Debt-to-Income Ratios
- Boxing Paint for Color Consistency
- R is for Roofing
- Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
- Award Letter
- Flashing: A Key Construction Concept
- VOC? Do I Care About this New Acronym?
Eggshell paint falls above the low or no lustre paints (flat and matte) at the bottom of the paint finish scale. Just above eggshell paint is satin paint with a slightly higher gloss. For good coverage of imperfections in your walls along with a small amount of gloss, eggshell seems to be the most …
Chances are if your walls aren't smooth, they have an orange peel texture on them. Not long ago smooth walls were standard but there are benefits to adding texture to walls and ceilings. Most textured finishes eliminate the skill needed to create a perfectly smooth surface saving builders time and …
You probably think a deck is ... just a deck. For some homeowners, knowing what a floating deck is could save you time and money. Also called a free standing deck, what does this mean and why does it matter? Most decks are attached to a house (see below) while floating decks (above) are not …
Matte paint is one of two "no sheen" paints. The other one is flat finish paints. Some websites don't even mention matte paint or ... imply they're different names for the same type of paint. When you dig further, you can find out what makes matte paint different. Names matter so lets start by …
The minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV rating, is used to rate the effectiveness of air filters. The rating system was designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 1987. Cheaper filters won't trap as many particles & need to …