Glossary for your heritage home. Can’t find the right word for that thingy that is broken just your roof? Find the right word here.

Angle brace
Reinforcement tie, often curved, set between a vertical or oblique part and a horizontal part of a framework.
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Awning
Small overhanging roof protecting an entrance from the rain.
Related text : Reconditioning existing windows

Balustrade
Railing, often with an openwork design, formed by pillars and topped with a ramp to prevent falls.
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Bead
Round-shaped carpentry moulding of small diameter, plain or decorated.
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Belvedere
High up construction or terrace with an unobstructed view.
Related text : Roof

Bracket
A support, often in an « S » shape, standing against a wall or fastened to it.
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Caulking
Filling material or filling the joints of an opening to make them air-tight.
Related texts : The wooden window

Column
A structural pillar that usually consists of a shaft, a capital, and a base.
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Corbel
A piece of stone, wood, or metal, projecting from the side of a wall and serving to support a cornice, a beam, a girder, etc.
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Cornice
A generally horizontal building element, with a sometime utilitarian role (to throw rainwater clear off a wall) but mostly decorative.
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Crevice
Crack or fissure, especially on a vertical surface.
Related text : Exterior wall facing

Crown
Decorative element forming the top of a wall, a pillar, a column or a staircase post.
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Dormer
Opening with a glass pane located on the slope of a roof to illuminate / ventilate a space.
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Envelope
Protective covering elements of a building.
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Framework
An assembly of structural members, forming the structure of a building.
Related texts : Roof

Frieze
A horizontal band below the cornice intended to receive a decoration, usually formed by the mere repetition of a pattern.
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Gable
Upper part of the wall that supports the roof structure of a building. The triangular upper part of the wall of a building that creates a duo-pitched roof.
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Gingerbread
Decorative work whose subtlety and apparent lightness are reminiscent of lace.
Related text : Architectural woodwork

Guardrail
Barrier, for example, around a terrace, to prevent falls.
Related texts : Projections and avant-corps

Joint
Device or product for sealing a surface composed of several elements (brickwork).
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Lambrequin
Ornament cut to shape, often with an openwork design, made of wood or metal, fixed on the edge of the roof or upper portion of a window.
Related text : Architectural woodwork

Mansard
A room built in an attic, generally under a double-slope roof and which has walls at an angle and a low ceiling.
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Mortar
A mixture of cement, lime, and sand used for laying bricks or masonry.
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Movable sash
A mobile frame of an element (door, window, etc.) than can pivot on itself.
Related text : About doors and windows

Oriel
Window projecting from the wall set on one or several levels of a façade.
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Parapet
Part of the wall which exceeds the line of a flat roof.
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Pediment
Crowning positioned above the entrance to a building, a span, a door or window, often triangular in shape.
Related text : Montréal Belles demystified

Plank
Heavy thick board used for construction.
Related text : Exterior wall facing

Projection
Any component which juts out from a building.
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Sealing material
Mortar, plaster, cement or other products enabling to weatherproof.
Related text : Exterior wall facing

Siding
The finish covering of a wall.
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Skylight
Device, often in the shape of a dome, placed on a roof to illuminate a dark room or a windowless room; also used to aerate or to provide an exit out if it is an opening skylight.
Related texts : Roof | Inspection

Slope
Inclined rising portion of an element, such as the side of a roof.
Related text : Montréal Belles demystified

Turret
Small tower attached to a building, sometimes built overhanging.
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Tympan
Triangular space bordered by the three ridges of a pediment.
Related text : Montréal Belles demystified

Woodwork
Any joinery work or wooden lining, in particular on the walls.
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