Your roof flashings are pieces of material (usually sheet metal) seal penetrations and joints that help waterproof the most vulnerable areas of your roof. Flashings are the most vulnerable part of your roofing system, which is why you need to have them inspected regularly by an experienced roofer. Today, Residential Concerns explains how flashing failure occurs and what you can do about it.
Why It Happens
Weather is the number one enemy of your flashing. Everyday exposure to the elements can take a toll on your flashing over time. Thermal cycling forces the material to expand and contract significantly, which can lead to warping. Wrinkled flashings are shorter than they used to be, leaving areas they’re supposed to cover exposed.
House settling is another culprit behind flashing failure. The movement of your property’s foundations can crack your flashings. Poor workmanship is another concern. Some installation mishaps can be blamed on inexperience, while others are caused by poor materials. If you need a good reason to hire a reputable residential roofing contractor, do it to avoid flashing problems.
Why Flashing Failure Should Concern You
Leakage is the primary consequence of failed flashing. The gap, no matter how tiny it might be, created by the bad flashing will allow rain to penetrate your roof. This can cause total roof failure and serious water damage to your home’s interior as well.
What You Can Do About It
Regular professional roof inspection is the only effective way to spot signs of flashing failure early. Come up with a preventative maintenance plan with your roofer and stay on top of it–you won’t regret it.
Ensure that your roof’s flashings are in good condition with help from Residential Concerns. Call (770) 304-1311 or fill out our contact form and get an estimate!