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Terms starting with 'G':
GABLE ROOF:
A steeply angled, triangular roof.
GALVANIZED PIPE:
Iron pipe with a galvanized (zinc) coating.
GAMBREL ROOF:
A ''barn-like'' roof, where the upper portion of the roof is less-steeply angled than the lower part.
GENERAL LIEN:
A broad-based claim against several properties owned by a defaulting party.
GEORGIAN:
A classic, English-style hose characterized by simple rectangular shape and multiple stories.
GFI:
Ground Fault Interrupter. A type of circuit breaker required in areas where water is present.
GINNIE MAE:
A wholly owned corporation created in 1968 within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to serve low-to moderate-income homebuyers.
GIRDER:
A main supporting beam.
GOVERNMENT MORTGAGE:
Any mortgage insured by a government agency, such as the FHA or VA.
GRADE:
The slope of land around a building. Also ground level.
GRANTEE:
Any person who is given ownership of a piece of property.
GRANTOR:
Any person who gives away ownership of a piece of property.
GROSS AREA:
The sum total of all floor space, including areas such as stairways and closet space. Often measured based on external wall lengths.
GROUTING:
Material used around ceramic tile.
GUTTER:
The trough around the edge of the roof that catches and diverts rain.

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