Flashing is one of the most critical components of your roof. Available in aluminum, galvanized steel, and even copper, metal flashing is designed specifically to protect your roof’s vulnerable joints and crevices from water damage.
When you receive a professional roofing inspection, the flashing is one of the first areas inspected. Here are three great reasons to have your flashing inspected regularly and thoroughly for the overall health of your roof.
1. Flashing is where most leaks occur. By design, flashing is used to bring two sections of a construction project (i.e. your roof) together. When working effectively, flashing keeps water from seeping into these vulnerable seams. If installed incorrectly or allowed to corrode, your flashing may actually allow water to infiltrate your roof and make its way into your attic space. Flashing that’s broken or cracked – or even installed using hole-bored nails – may not be doing its job.
2. Flashing degrades over time. Consider your luggage. Over years of use, your suitcases are likely to become bent, ripped, and off-kilter as they protect your belongings. Your flashing operates the same way. As the last line of defense on your roof, flashing bears the brunt of weather and wind; it’s only natural that it will become loose, dislodged, or structurally unsound sound over time. Replacing flashing a bit at a time as it wears out can help you avoid a full roof replacement earlier than otherwise necessary.
3. Flashing seams can be re-caulked. Flashing doesn’t just exist in the corners and valleys of your roof, it also surrounds architectural features like chimneys and dormers. This flashing is even more exposed, naturally barraged by rain, hail, and fluctuating temperatures. Instead of completely replacing worn flashing around these outcroppings, it’s sometimes possible to re-caulk or re-seal its seams instead. This can buy you years more use out of flashing that isn’t quite ready for replacement.
There are dozens of kinds of flashings found on today’s roofs. Headwall flashing, stepped flashing, pan flashing, and more…do you know which your roof is protected by? If not, calling in a professional roofer near your home is a smart move. Roof maintenance is a job best left to professionals who have the appropriate tools and training needed to do the work correctly – and more importantly, safely.
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