Anatomy & Glossary

Beam: Main cross member that extends between posts. It carries the rafters. Usually a heavy timber.

Brace: Angled timber that ties the posts to the beams and spreads the weight. Can be straight or arched.

cross hatch top - IBD Outdoor Rooms - SE USACross Hatch: Purlins or rafters running perpendicular to the main rafters, making square roof sections. This adds to the shade a pergola provides as well as adding mass and visual interest.

gable pavilion - IBD Outdoor Rooms - SE USAGable: Ridge beam with rafter style roof that yields a triangular shape at the end. Most common style of roof structure for houses.

hip roof pavilion - IBD Outdoor Rooms - SE USAHip Roof: Roof style that angles from center point on all sides. Popular for its architectural appearance.

Jack Rafter: Short rafter that spans from main rafter to the beam.

Pavilion: Usually open, often ornamental structure used for entertainment. Often fully roofed.

Pergola: A structure consisting of parallel columns supporting an open, flat roof of beams and rafters.

Rafter: Any of a series of timbers supporting the roof.

Ridge: Main horizontal member at the top of the roof.

Ridge Vent: Vent at the top of the roof that follows or includes the ridge.

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Modern Gas has been using IBD for years. We have done numerous successful projects with them. Sheryl makes it so easy for me to get my customer set up and going it makes me look like a pro. She is familiar with all the brands we sell and don’t sell. All units have fit perfectly. I can’t imagine doing an outdoor kitchen/fireplace project without them.
~ Mark Holloway, Leesburg, Georgia

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