What Is Roof Flashing and Why Is It Important For Your Roof?

Roof flashing – You may have heard the term but you may not know what it is. This essential component of your roofing system plays an important role in protecting your roof from water damage. Understanding what it is and how it works can be critical to preventing costly repairs or the need for full roof replacement. We’ll break down what roof flashing is, why it’s important for your roof, and how Conner Roofing can help if you’re in need of roofing services or repairs.

What is Roof Flashing?

Roof flashing is made up of a material–typically metal, such as aluminum or copper–that’s installed in areas where different surfaces on your roof meet, such as where your roof and chimney or skylights meet. Flashing is installed in these areas to prevent water from penetrating joints, seams, and other vulnerable areas on your roof.

Why is Roof Flashing Important?

Without proper flashing, water causes gradual damage to different components of your roof and can enter your home, which can lead to bigger problems, even structural issues. In many cases, damaged flashing is a common cause of a roof leak. Roof flashing’s job is to ensure there is a tight seal so that water doesn’t penetrate your roof and that your house is protected from the elements.

Types of Roof Flashing

There are many types of roof flashing. Common ones include:

  • Step flashing: Constructed like a staircase, step flashing is found where the roof and walls meet.
  • Base flashing: Installed beneath roofing material to direct water away from the roof surface.
  • Drip edge flashing: Installed on the edge of the roof to direct water away from the roof deck.
  • Wall flashing: Installed on a wall to direct water away from the intersection of the wall and the roof.
  • Chimney flashing: Wraps around the chimney in a “U” shape with a flower pot or flat chimney cap set on top.
  • Skylight flashing: Installed around skylights to prevent water from penetrating the roof surface.

Choosing the Right Flashing Material

There are several different roof flashing materials that Conner Roofing can use depending on your preference and specific circumstances, such as climate variation, style of your roof, and roofing material, among other things. Some options include:

  • Galvanized steel flashing
  • Copper flashing
  • Stainless steel flashing
  • Aluminum flashing
  • Lead flashing

Signs of Damaged Flashing

Damaged flashing can lead to water penetration, leaks, and other problems, which is why it’s important to be able to identify the signs of a leaky roof. Here are some indications that you might have damaged flashing:

  • Water stains on your ceiling or walls
  • Rust or discoloration on your flashing
  • Cracks or gaps in your flashing
  • Missing or damaged flashing

Reacting To A Leak

If you are dealing with a roof leak, it’s important to first identify the cause. If it turns out to be damaged flashing, you should get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent any more water damage to your home. If you’re unsure about the problem and need help, call the professionals at Conner Roofing right away.

Count on Conner! 

Roof flashing is a vital component of your roofing system that helps keep your roof protected from water damage. If you’re faced with a suspected leak or damaged flashing, it’s important to act fast. Conner Roofing can provide you with the services you need to ensure that your home is safe and secure.

If you’re in need of roofing services, Conner Roofing has you covered. Our team of experienced professionals offers a range of residential and commercial roofing services, including new roof installation, roof repair, and roof replacement. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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