Glossary of Home Inspection Terms

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Terms Beginning with “Q”

  • quarry tile: A man-made or machine-made clay tile, generally 6x6x1/4-inch thick, used to finish a floor or wall.
  • quarter round: A small molding that has cross-section of a quarter circle.
  • quarter-sawn grain: Another term for edge grain.
  • quick-setting cement: An asphalt-based cement used to adhere tabs of strip shingles to the course below. Also used to adhere roll-roofing laps applied by the concealed-nail method.
  • quote (quotation): A price provided by a contractor, sub-contractor or vendor to furnish materials, labor and/or both. Quotes differ from estimates in that an estimate is a best guess of the cost involved.