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Everything You Need To Know About Roof Flashing

Jun 29, 2017


Often overlooked, or improperly installed, flashing is vital to the success of your roofing system. Not only does it keep your roof waterproof and airtight, but it also protects the interior of your home from leaks and other damage.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about your roof’s flashing!

What is flashing?

Flashing is the material placed around the areas of your roof where there is a projection that intersects with your roof, such as a chimney or a skylight. Because these areas are prone to leaks due to varying temperatures and humidity levels, it’s imperative that flashing is installed and sealed properly.

A variety of materials can be used to create flashing including aluminum, copper, plastics, composite materials or metals such as stainless steel, lead, etc.

In this market, aluminum tends to be the most common flashing material choice because it’s durable and easily adaptable to weather inconsistency. However, copper flashing would be considered the most durable. Plastic is the most common inexpensive choice, but it tends to wear down quickly when exposed to direct sunlight, and is not generally used in this area. 

Keep in mind, your flashing should be compatible with your other roofing materials. Also, not all flashing materials function the same on all roof types, so be sure to consult a roofing contractor when making a flashing decision.

The results of bad flashing installation

Proper installation of your roof’s flashing is just as important as the installation of the roof itself. Not only does improper flashing cause leaks, but it also causes premature roof decay, which results in even more costs down the road.

Repair and replacing your flashing is a hefty job due to its intricate location on your roof, so it’s imperative that it be installed correctly.

Questions on flashing? Ask the experts! 

Have more questions regarding flashing repair or installation? Our team of professional roofers will consult with you on the best type of flashing for your roof. To get a free quote get it touch with us today to find out more.

Category: Roofing

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