Home Building Glossary 

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Take-Off
A list of materials, which may include prices of the materials, to be used either in one particular aspect of house construction, or of the complete construction job

 

Tape
A two-inch wide tape placed over seams where one piece of drywall butts into another, which facilitates finishing of joint compound.

Thermal Break
An element of window fabrication that is low in heat conductivity, thus enhancing insulation quality.

Three-Tab
The most basic, inexpensive style of asphalt or fiberglass roofing shingle, which creates a flat, seamless appearance.

 

Transom
The window glass that is part of a “door unit”, resting above the door and running the entire width of the unit.

Tray Ceiling

A ceiling design in which part of the ceiling is recessed, creating a multi-level appearance,
often finished with enhanced molding.

Tread
The horizontal “stepped-on” section of stairs.

Treated Lumber
Lumber in which chemical preservatives are injected under pressure, creating wood that is
moisture and termite resistant, commonly used outdoors and wherever lumber contacts a concrete floor.

Trim
Interior moldings, including baseboard, crown mold, shoe mold, door and window casing, among others.

Truss
An engineered, pre-manufactured joist, consisting of triangular units.



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