The underlayment and shingling on your roof might be the latest and greatest, but without properly installed flashing that beautiful roof will leak like a sieve. Flashing is so discreet that you might not even notice it at first, but you would certainly notice if it wasn’t there. In fact, flashing serves to important purposes.
The First is Aesthetic
Flashing adds a clean, finished look to your roof. It is typically installed around features that intersect with the roofline such as chimneys, dormers, vents and skylights. Flashing comes in a variety of materials to accommodate the tastes of homeowners and the demands of their roofs. These include galvanized steel, aluminum, copper and plastic. Copper is typically the most popular option because it’s durable, malleable and very weather resistant. It also looks darn good.
The Second is Practical
The primary purpose of flashing is to protect your home from moisture intrusion. It extends beneath your roofing and adjacent siding to create a solid, weatherproof seal that protects your home from wind and rain. It’s also far more durable and long-lasting than sealants and caulking. Furthermore, it’s less susceptible to temperature fluctuations. Even if other components of the roof shift slightly due to thermal expansion, the flashing will still be able to act as a reliable weather barrier.
Have you noticed your roof leaking around a chimney or vent? It may be because your flashing is inadequate or improperly installed. This time of year, it’s especially important to protect your roof from moisture. If you’re concerned about the integrity of your roof, give us a call today for a consultation.