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Magicman - Terms in the building trade
Category: Architecture and Buildings
Date & country: 03/12/2007, UK
A canopy is a projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is supported by the building to which it is attached and at the outer end by not less than one upright support. A canopy is comprised of a rigid structure over which a rigid covering is attached.
Crazing describes small hairline cracks that can appear over time. Crazing is often caused by a mismatch in the thermal expansions of surfaces. There are ways to treat crazing; however if crazing is visible, it is an indication of a significant problem which needs expert attention.
The facade of a building is generally the front, and it implies a certain amount of design and decorative features.
A facia describes any cover board or framed metal assembly at the edge or eaves of a flat, sloping, or overhanging roof which is placed vertically to protect the edge of the roof.
Grouting is the process of filling the gaps between tiles with grout - to ensure a waterproof finish.
Limescale is the hard white-ish chalky deposit found in kettles, hot water boilers and the inside of inadequately maintained hot-water central heating systems. Mildew is also found on surfaces where hard water has evaporated.
Mildew is a fungus that grows in dark, moist environments - such as bathrooms, kitchens, saunas and shower rooms. It appears in different colours such as black, grey, yellow, green or purple.
Rendering (or a rendering coat) is a layer of plaster or cement which is often applied to the outside surface of a wall as a protection against the elements.
Resurfacing is the application of a new top surface to an item, usually to repair scratches or to change the colour. Resurfacing is used where local repairs are not possible. Typically the resurfacing technique is used for items such as baths, sinks, tiles, anything in the kitchen or bathroom.
Sanitaryware is a general term used to describe all bathroom furniture such as baths, bidets, toilets, sinks and shower trays.
Screeding is using a wood or metal edge to neaten or level newly placed concrete when doing cement work. Screeds can be hand used or mechanical
Scumbling is a painting technique in which thick, dry paint is applied to a surface in a loose, direct manner, often creating areas of broken colour and allowing previous layers to show through in places.
Snagging is going over a building in detail to determine a list of areas that need repair or resurfacing. Once these problems have been identified, Magic Man can go through the list and attend to all the repairs.
A soffit is the underside of the eaves, between the facia board and the outside of the building. Soffits are often vented to draw air into the attic.
A substrate is a hard underlying layer or surface.
uPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, often used for drainage pipes and window frames. uPVC is a tough durable plastic film that is not as pliable as PVC.