Restoration Glossary

Term Definition
Rafter

Rafters are the slanting members of a roof, extending from eaves to the ridge of the roof.

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Rake

The rake is the angled slope at the edge of the roof; the rake molding is the molding that follows the edge of the roof slope.

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Restoration

Restoration is the process of repairing and renewing a building so as to bring it back to a specific time period, usually the most significant point in its history. This can mean removing later elements and additions which may have gained significance.

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Romanesque Revival

Romanesque Revival (also called Richardsonian Romanesque) for the Boston architect who developed the style in the 1870s. More common for public buildings than homes because of the expense of solid masonry construction.

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Roofing felt

Roofing felt is a type of tar paper made from glass fibre or polyester fleece impregnated with bituminous material, produced in roll form, and used in roof construction.

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