One of the worst things when a rain storm heads in is to find that your roof is leaking! A leaking roof can lead to water damage that can end up costing you quite a bit of money to have repaired not to mention the cost to repair the roof as well. A roof should be installed correctly and done right in order to keep leaks at bay and protect your house. There are many types of roofs that come on houses and buildings from shingles, metal and tile to rubber roofs and much more. No matter what kind of house you have and whatever the roofing material is used, it needs to be installed correctly. That means that the layers underneath should be done professionally as well as the flashing. You may not realize that your homes roof has flashing and you may even not know what it even is.
Nickerson Roofing outlines what roof flashing is and why it needs to be installed correctly to prevent leaks.
What Is Roof Flashing?: Flashing is usually made out of a material that differs from the roofing material you have installed. A lot of the time the flashing is metal and can be colored to match the roof. The flashing is a very important part of the roofing system. It is what prevents the roof leaking around skylights, vents and chimneys. These are areas that are prone to leaking because they are on the roof but also have access to the house too.
Where is Roof Flashing Installed?: Like we mentioned before, the flashing will help to prevent leaks around areas on the roof such as a chimney. There are also areas that you want to make sure flashing is installed like the areas where the roof changes slope and direction. This could be a valley, edge or joint in the roof. These areas are usually a junction that needs to be protected more than other areas so that they do not leak when it rains or snows.
What if Roof Flashing is Installed Incorrectly?: If a piece of flashing is installed wrong it can lead to damage such as a leak in the roof. That leak can them lead to water damage to your ceilings and home that can end up being costly to repair. It can also cause the tiles or shingles on the roof to be damaged and that can lead to needing more repair to the roof done.
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If you need to have your roof inspected or repaired because of a leak caused by a flashing installation mistake or any other reason, you want to call a professional roofer like Nickerson Roofing to make sure that it is done correctly.