Home Inspection Terms – Glossary – I-Beam to Interlocking Shingles
A steel beam that resembles the letter I in cross section.
Ice Dam: Condition formed at the lower roof edge by the thawing and re-freezing of melted snow on the overhang. Can force water up and under shingles, causing leaks.
Inspector: Any person who examines any component of a building, through visual means and through normal user controls, without the use of mathematical sciences.
Installed: Attached or connected such that the installed item requires tools for removal.
A building board made of compressed plant fibers, e.g., wood, cane, corn, stalks, dried and pressed to a specific thickness.
Insulation: Any material used to reduce the transfer of heat, cold or sound.
Interior Trim: The finish on the interior of a building; e.g., casing, molding, baseboard.
Individual shingles that mechanically fasten to each other to provide wind resistance.
Inward: Directed toward the interior