If you own a home in Florida, you probably know that checking on your roof around this time of year is very important as spring showers linger on and hurricane season approaches.
But did you know that shingles alone don’t completely cover joints, corners or any other gaps?
Roofs have particular spots that are more prone to leaks and water damage based on the path that rain follows from the roof to the ground. In these particular spots, nearly anywhere runoff is heavy or where two opposing surfaces meet, is where you will find roof flashing.
Why Is Roof Flashing Important?
Flashing is material that is installed over joints or gaps in the roofing to prevent any potential water damage. It also helps guide rain water to the ground.
Homes without proper roof flashing can leave certain areas of your roof and walls susceptible to leaks.
These materials come in rolls of varying widths that can be prepared, cut and bent as needed at the job site.
Flashing is usually made up of galvanized steel, copper, PVC or aluminum material. When this material has been exposed to severe heat, wind, and rain, it can damage the roof flashing, leaving your roof and walls susceptible to leaks.
And although it is designed to be tough and sturdy, how long it can fair the weather depends on the quality of the material and the installation.
It’s easy to check your roof flashing on your own, and it’s important to do so every 6 months or so, or after severe weather.
Spring is an ideal time to evaluate potential damage from the winter. Inspecting your roof for proper roof flashing can be done from ground level, but a professional roofer will be able to do a more thorough job.
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