The Importance of Roof Flashing and How It Protects Your Home

Your roof consists of several structural components. Roof flashing is one of the essential components as it allows your roof to fulfill its most important function — moisture protection.

Flashing is the moisture protection material that protects the edges, valleys, joints, and seams between the roofing surface and structures such as chimneys, vents, and skylights.

These areas are particularly vulnerable to moisture damage and the entering of unwanted debris which can cause decay and deterioration to the structures themselves as well the interior of your home. If you have a water leak in your home, the chances are that you are dealing with defective flashing.

To find out how flashing protects your home, it may be worth taking a look at the different roof flashing types. Contact Elite Remodeling Services if you need emergency roofing services to stop those pesky leaks before they get out of control!

Roof Flashing Types

There are, in essence, two categories of roof flashing: metal and plastic.

Copper flashing is the most popular type of metal roof flashing because of its malleable nature and durability. Copper is also resistant to corrosion and is the flashing type with the best aesthetic appeal.

Lead is another popular choice of roof flashing since it is durable and has a long lifespan. Lead is also more affordable than copper seeing that it is not as environmentally friendly.

Before selecting a roof flashing type, you have to take several buying considerations into account, including costs, lifespan, and waterproofing ability. Consult with your roofing professional to ensure that your choice in flashing type will meet your specific waterproofing and roof protection needs.

Why Flashing is Important

You have to install flashing in roof areas that have a high risk of water entering through seams or joints. Flashing is crucial at all joints, edges, valleys, and grooves where two roof sections come together.

If your roof has no flashing, poor quality flashing, or flashing that is not installed correctly, you run a very real risk of sustaining water damage to your roof’s support structure and the rest of your property’s interior, including your possessions.

Repairing this type of damage can be costly and time-intensive. Preventing damage to your flashing is, therefore, of the utmost importance.

Flashing Damage

The risk of flashing damage increases if your flashing is not correctly installed. The problem with poorly installed flashing is that you won’t notice the problem until it is too late. To ensure proper flashing installation, using the services of a professional roofing company is critical.

At Elite Remodeling Services, we specialize in the following services:

  • Roof to wall flashing installation
  • Roof edge flashing installation
  • Roof valley flashing installation
  • Roof flashing repair

Ineffective flashing can result in mold growth, roof truss decay, and other costs to repair water damage. Make sure that your roof is completely waterproof and follow routine roof flashing maintenance advice.

At Elite Remodeling Services, we will go to great lengths to meet your specific roofing needs. Contact us today to schedule a roof flashing inspection.

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