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Hurricanes & Flashing: What to Do When You’ve Sustained Storm-Damage

The 2022 hurricane season may soon be drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean your home hasn’t taken any storm damage over the last several months. In particular, it’s difficult to know whether the underlying components of your roof need attention.

For example, your flashing.

But, what is roof flashing? And what happens if it’s damaged in a storm?

The Function of Flashing

While flashing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your roof, we cannot overstate its importance.

This is because “the primary function of roof flashing is to shed or direct water away from roof edges and penetrations to prevent infiltration into the building,” the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) explains.

Moreover, flashing failure can cost you thousands of dollars.

“If enough moisture gets past the flashing, it can cause both cosmetic and structural damage,”  the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) reports. This could lead to mold growth, indoor water damage, and more.

Damaged in a Flash

So, if your flashing is damaged in a storm, what’s next?

“In most cases, it is only necessary to remove and replace the flashing and shingles around the damaged area,” according to Owens Corning.

That being said, if the damage is extensive and/or the overall structural integrity of your roof is compromised, it’s best to go with an entire replacement project — in terms of both the flashing and the roof itself.

After all, if you were to neglect any part of the damage, it will likely cost you far more in repairs down the road.

Fixing Your Flashing — and More

Did you know that flashing, even the strongest of metal sheets, only lasts your home about 15 years on average?

Thus, even if your flashing has not sustained damage as a result of a storm, it would still be wise to determine how old it is and take action appropriately. And if you’re not sure about the current state of your flashing, don’t worry — Universal Roof & Contracting is ready to help you make the most informed decision possible!

Serving both Central Florida and Jacksonville for over 30 years, our licensed team of professionals will provide you with a FREE inspection and actionable recommendations.

When you work with us, you’ll find out that the difference is universal, regardless of whether you need a repair or a replacement. To learn more, contact us today by calling 1-855-ROOF-HELP!