Although our Building Reports are written in a laymans easy to read format we may sometimes use words of a technical nature.
This Glossary is provided to help our Clients understand those terms.
anything permanently attached to a house and regarded as part of the real property, such as cabinets and cupboards.
waterproof material that prevents moisture from penetrating a house through the walls or roof.
a smoke duct or chimney
the soil or strata which supports the lowest part of a building- i.e. the footing.
a building where both the inside and outside walls are brick
the triangular wall that sits between the sloping ends of a gable roof
a roof having two slopes only with a gable at each end.
mortar used to fill the joints and cavities found between pieces of masonry or ceramics.
the external angle formed on a roof where two inclined surfaces meet.
a roof with its ends inclined as well as its side.
a vertical member that forms the side of a window or door frame.
timbers that provide the main structural support for a ceiling or floor
a horizontal structural member that supports the load over a door, window or other opening.
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a wall that supports weight from a floor or ceiling above it.
A defect of significant magnitude where rectification has to be carried out in order to avoid unsafe conditions, loss of utility or further deterioration of the property.
A low wall rising from the bottom of a roof slope.
Means the following physical actions undertaken by the consultant: opening and shutting of doors, windows and draws; operation of taps; water testing of shower recesses; and the tapping of tiles and wall plaster.
A vertical projection on a wall or the brick support for an arch or bearer.
a wall board made of plaster and covered both sides with a stiff paper.