Your Roof Flashing: What Homeowners Should Know

It's important to understand the role your roof flashing plays and what to do when issues occur. 

What is Roof Flashing?

Roof flashing is a material that is installed on the roof to prevent water from seeping into the roof and causing damage. Flashing is typically made of metal, such as aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel, and it is installed around roof features like chimneys, skylights, vents, and pipes. It lends an extra layer of protection against the elements at vulnerable points on the roof structure. 

The purpose of roof flashing is to create a barrier that directs water away from the roof and into gutters or downspouts. Without proper flashing, water can seep into the roof and cause damage to the underlying structure, including the ceiling, walls, and insulation.

Signs of Roof Flashing Problems

The below issues should signal a need for a professional roofer's help:

Water stains on walls or ceilings: Water stains on interior walls or ceilings are a sign that water is entering the home through the roof. This is often the first thing a homeowner notices. A roof inspection can identify the problem flashing and target it for repair. 

Damaged flashing: If the flashing is damaged or missing, it can allow water to seep into the roof and cause damage. This type of sign can be difficult to notice unless you climb onto the roof, which is not recommended for safety reasons. Talk to a roofing contractor instead. 

Rust or corrosion: Over time, metal flashing can rust or corrode, which can cause it to fail and allow water to penetrate the roof.

Loose or lifted shingles: Flashing that is not properly secured can cause shingles to become loose or lift, which can create gaps that allow water to seep in. In many cases, the damaged shingles need to be replaced along with the repair of the flashing. 

Missing or damaged roof tiles: If tiles or other roofing materials around the flashing are damaged or missing, it can allow water to seep in.

Roof leaks: If water is entering the home through the roof, it is likely that there is a problem with the flashing or another aspect of the roof.

If you suspect that there is a problem with your roof flashing, it is important to have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof. They can identify any issues and recommend repairs or replacements to ensure that your roof is properly protected from water damage.

For more information, contact a company such as Brandenberger Contracting Solutions.