Your Roofing Dictionary

May 29, 2018 | Roofing

We understand that not everything we say in the roofing industry makes complete sense. Everyday words may have a completely different meaning in the roofing business, and to the untrained ear, it may even sound like we’re speaking gibberish. As a home owner though, you should be “in” on our roofing lingo, so you’re fully aware of your roofs needs. That’s where our roofing dictionary comes into hand.

Asphalt Plastic Cement

Often referred to as mastic, blackjack, roof tar or bull, this asphalt-based sealant helps waterproof and adhere roofing materials to your home.

Hip Roof

We’re not talking about how cool your home is when we refer to your “hiproof”. Instead, we’re referring to your roofs angles. A hip roof has four planes that slope downward from a single peak.


Flashing is a material used on a roof to transition from roofing to something that is not your roof. Typically used around chimneys, metal, tin, copper, plastic, or lead flashing is a small installation that plays a huge part in water and weather-proofing your home.


Blisters on humans are usually a result of a burn or friction. Blisters on a roof are the complete opposite. In roofing, blisters refer to the bubbling up of shingles, usually caused by excess moisture in either the material itself or underneath the material.


Unfortunately, if your roof is “telegraphing”, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Your shingles, similar to the look of Morse code, are reflecting the bumps, unevenness, and sometimes buckling beneath their surface.


No, we’re not installing small, chirping creatures to your rooftop. Roof crickets, or saddles, are ridge-like diverters that we install behind the high side of a chimney, or other roof projection, to keep water from pooling in the crevice.

Over Driven

When we say your roof is over driven, it means that too much force was used when fastening your roofing materials, and your materials are either breaking or about to break.

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