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Good Flashing Matters: Why You Should Stay On Top Of What Goes Over Your Head

When you imagine your roof, it’s easy to think about it superficially; that is, you might imagine the shingles, clay tiles, or other such components that can always be viewed from the curb.

Of course, there’s more to your roof than meets the eye; namely, the elements that provide enhanced protection, such as your roof flashing.

And if you’ve ever wondered whether or not having “good” flashing matters, the answer is yes! Allow us to explain why.

Factoring In Roof Flashing

Roof flashing is the sheet of material that protects the underlayment of your roof from water penetration. More specifically, it is designed to act as an additional safeguard against rain exposure and infiltration at your roof’s vulnerable seams and joints.

There are several different types of flashing depending on where on your roof such material is necessary, like where the roof meets the base of a chimney, vent pipes, drip edges, and other vertical surfaces.

In most cases, flashing is composed of metal, like copper, steel, or — mostly commonly — aluminum. That being said, flashing might be constructed of roofing felt or rubber, albeit this is less common. In all, the goal is to construct flashing with a material that is both flexible and durable.

The Ramifications Of Flashing Failure

Simply put, when your flashing fails, water will creep its way inward. Consequently, you may ultimately end up dealing with a variety of roofing complications, such as material rot, roof and ceiling mold, weakened structural integrity, and moisture intrusion in other areas of your property.

As a matter of fact, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, “failure of the flashing system is usually a major cause of roof deterioration,” as well as roof failure in general. Thus, it is imperative to maintain not only your roof and the flashing itself, but also the flashing fasteners.

In many cases, flashing failure may be attributed to the deterioration of the sealant or metal itself, poor installation, storm damage, and more.

We’ll Be There In A Flash

Should your flashing fail, leaks and water damage are bound to follow, as rainwater can no longer be diverted from the intersections of your roof. For this reason, it is imperative that you keep your flashing well-maintained.

Of course, fixing a weakened or damaged sheet of flashing requires a professional touch, which is why you can always rely on our team here at Universal Roof and Contracting to be there when you need us.

We specialize in roofing repairs and replacements, be it the result of water damage, falling shingles, flashing failure, and more. Additionally, we offer free inspections, thereby offering you the answers you need to make an informed and empowered decision about your forever roof!

Contact us today by calling 855-ROOF-HELP to learn more.