While an important and vulnerable part of a roofing system, flashing is little understood. But it is just as important as your shingles when it comes to preventing leaks and damage due to harsh outdoor elements. Without it, leaks would eventually develop in various areas of your roof.
Here’s what roof flashing is and what it does for your roof.
Flashing is a strip of metal, formed to fit specific areas of your roof that require added protection against water. It’s made to let the roof and walls expand and contract with temperature swings without experiencing leaks or cracks. Roof flashing comes in various materials, including aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, lead and PVC.
Roof flashing isn’t always easy to see or obvious, a reason many homeowners aren’t aware that the component is already damaged. Keep in mind that flashing or roof repairs shouldn’t be delayed to prevent further problems. You must have your roof inspected regularly to ensure that your flashing is in good shape and protecting the system from water infiltration.
How Long Does Roof Flashing Last?
Most types of flashing are made to last throughout the lifespan of your roof. However, they still require regular maintenance, which involves resealing and caulking.
It’s a good idea to have your flashing replaced when you need to get a new roof. Roofers will be able to easily see and access parts of your roof flashing once the shingles have been removed. Some roofers include the cost of new flashing in their estimates. Make sure to ask your contractor about it when planning your project.
At Feller Roofing of New Braunfels, we are known for our high-quality roof replacement services. We can also help with emergency roof repairs and gutter installation. Call us at (830) 627-7663 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve clients in New Braunfels, TX.