Why You Should Care About the Flashing on Your Roof
Flashing is the unsung hero of your roofing system. It keeps
out bugs, water, and air of all temperatures at your roof’s weakest spots. Not
a lot of people fully understand how important their flashing really is!
Here at Accent Roofing, a significant number of roof repairs we
perform are simply flashing work. When flashing needs to be repaired, small
defects can look like big problems. The good news is, a lot of these repairs
are simple and relatively inexpensive.
Here’s what your flashing does – and why you should be
giving it more credit.
Your Roof’s Protector
Flashing, typically made out of aluminum or another
lightweight metal, is designed specifically to cover the gaps in your roofing
system. Most of these gaps occur where your roof meets other things, such as
your chimney or skylight, and others happen at the seams of the roof itself.
Flashing is your roof’s first line of defense against all manner of threats,
Flashing Issues Occur?
Flashing doesn’t last forever, and it almost never lasts as
long as the roof itself. Over time, nearly every kind of flashing will degrade.
Over the years your flashing is likely to rust, to become warped in the heat or
cold, and even to be knocked loose by falling pinecones or hail.
Like any part of your roof, your flashing is only as effective as its
installation, so the less professional your original flashing job, the sooner
your flashing is likely to fail.
Flashing Stops Working
From the ground, flashing may not look like much, but it’s
vitally important to the overall health of your roof. Broken or bent flashing
fast becomes an entry
point into your home for unwanted water, and depending on the way the
flashing is best, the water could actually be routed directly under your
roof! When flashing isn’t functioning properly, moisture gets underneath your
roof’s protective barriers and eventually, inside your house. This causes a
multitude of problems like mildew, mold, and property damage.
Malfunctioning flashing is also terrible for the
effectiveness of your HVAC system. When flashing isn’t forming a tight enough
seal at the joints of your roof, air gets in and out. This throws off the
entire ventilation system inside your roof and drastically decreases the
effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning systems.
The good news is, repairing (or in most cases, replacing)
flashing is a relatively straightforward process. Flashing itself is pretty
inexpensive and depending on how long the problem has existed, repairs are
usually pretty limited in scope. Larger problems emerge when flashing has been
ineffective for months or even years; the water damage caused in cases like
these can be
Questions about your flashing? If it’s been a few years
since you’ve had your roof inspected, you’re overdue. Reach out to an experienced
Georgia roofer today to learn more about what you should be looking at and
why an annual roofing evaluation can add years to the life of your roof.
Give us a call today to schedule your evaluation:
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