The industry terms that come with any construction project can make a person feel out of the loop. Sure, your contractor seems knowledgeable and reliable, but when they use terms that you don’t understand, it’s hard to be confident in your choices. Stay in-the-know with these common construction terms:

Gantt Chart: When building, contractors use many tools to stay on schedule. A Gantt Chart is one of those tools. It shows scheduled activities for the building process and is usually color-coded with start and finish dates.

Sistering: An important part of the building process is reinforcing and stabilizing the structure. Sistering is something builders do to reinforce the building by joining part of a frame or beam with another piece of lumber.  

BOQ: In the beginning of your building process there are always documents to be done and signed. One of them is a BOQ, which is prepared by a quantity surveyor and contains an itemized list of all materials and how they will be applied to the job. This is helpful in understanding the overall use of all materials needed for your build.

Aggregate: Knowing your materials can be a helpful tip when explaining how you want your structure built. This term refers to crushed materials such as sand and gravel.

Cantilever: This is a part of your building that might stick out without support from below, like a balcony.

Joist: Is there really anything more important than supporting the floors and ceilings of your building? That’s why a joist is necessary. They are the wooden boards used in both the floor and ceiling that give support with the help of beams and bearing walls.

Water Table: No, it’s not a tool. The water table is the level at which the ground around the construction site becomes saturated with water. This is an important figure to know when digging a lower level.

The construction term dictionary extends further than these few terms. Likely you haven’t heard many of them before, and if you have, you have nothing to worry about – your construction vocabulary is great!

If you have any questions that weren’t answered here about beginning a construction project, contact Miller Architects and Builders.