Glossary of Construction Terms

Do you ever feel as if your contractor is selling you polyisocyanurate foam when what you really needed was a setback thermostat? Here is a handy guide to common (and not so common) construction terms. Scroll through the glossary below or sort by the letter that starts the word you're looking for. For example, to find polyisocyanurate foam, select P and click Submit.

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Title Definition
Baseboard Heaters

One of several types of heaters that are wall mounted near the floor or a room. The most common baseboard heaters are electric resistance units but some are hot water radiant heaters. Most baseboard heating systems can be designs for zone heating.

Beam

A horizontal framing member designed to carry a load from a set of joists or a roof and spanning an open space. Usually 6" x 6" or 4" x 10" or larger.

See also: Q&A: Framing

Biscuits

Deck biscuits are a patented product designed and manufactured by EB-TY® and are the heart of their Hidden-Deck Fastening SystemsTM.