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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