The Importance of Proper Flashing

roof flashingIf the flashing on your roof is in poor shape, your roof will develop leaks and other problems. Learn what flashing is, where it is used, and how to fix damaged flashing before your roofing system is compromised.

What is Flashing?

Flashing is connective material that holds the different components of your roofing system together. Flashing can be made from metal, plastic, or a composite material.

To spot flashing on your roof, step outside. Scan your roof overhangs, roof valleys, and any areas with decorative details. You’ll see flashing on these areas. If you have skylights or chimneys, you’ll see flashing around the elements as well.

Over time, flashing deteriorates. Plastic flashing can degrade over time, while metal flashing is likelier to corrode. Most of the time, you will be able to spot damage to your roof’s flashing from the ground. If flashing looks like it’s damaged, you must repair it quickly to safeguard your home from water damage.

Why is Flashing important?

Flashing serves many purposes. It acts as a waterproof leak barrier, protecting areas of the roof that are more vulnerable to leaks.

When flashing becomes damaged or deteriorates, water will seep into the roofing system. Over time, this will cause water damage, which can compromise the integrity of your roof or your home, cause mold and mildew, and lead to a pricey repair bill.

How to Fix Damaged Flashing

Your roof is the only thing protecting your home from the elements. It is critical that you work with a licensed roofing contractor, who will be able to repair damaged flashing using best practices.

At Brandstetter’s KangaRoof, we offer comprehensive roof repair and replacement, including flashing repair.

We’ll send a certified technician to inspect your roof and issue a quote. We may be able to patch flashing that’s only damaged in spots, for instance after a hail storm. If flashing is corroded, we will replace the material and shingles around the flashing to ensure a tight seal. If the seal is broken but the flashing is otherwise intact, we can remove the old caulk and apply a fresh layer of caulk to restore the integrity of the roof flashing.

We stand by our work with satisfaction guarantees and some of the most comprehensive warrantees in the business. Find out more about our roof repair or call today for a free estimate: 513.713.0418.