Moisture is probably the number one enemy of roofing, no matter what material your roof is made out of. As much as we love water in our swimming pools, showers and refrigerators, we’re not really that keen on water showing up anywhere else in our homes.
Your home’s roofing system is in place to protect the interior of your home from the onslaught of the elements. Many parts of your roofing system help it shed any excess moisture. One of the features that we’ll focus on today is your roof flashing.
Your roof flashing is not a significant feature on your roof; it is often a thin strip of metal that’s in place to direct water away from critical areas in your roof as well as any gaps and crevices that may be present.
Some roofing features may be more prone to allowing water to seep into your home, and if your home has any of these features, it’s essential that you get your trusted local roofer to inspect your roof and determine if your home needs roof flashing.
These are some of the roof features that may result in you requiring roof flashing:
A roof valley is a section of the roof where two sides or sections meet. While roofers may try to get these two sections as close as possible to prevent significant gaps, there will still be some space between them.
This gap is the perfect spot for water and debris to get in and eventually seep into your home. That’s why roofers add flashing to direct any dirt and moisture away from your home. This roof flashing usually drains into a nearby gutter.
Chimneys are great for creating a warm and cozy environment in your home, but they have been notorious for allowing water to seep into the house. Water seeping in has a lot to do with how the chimney is installed.
While your roofer may take every precaution to prevent water from seeping in, the possibility still exists. And that’s why roofers have started using roof flashing to seal up any gaps and direct water away from the chimney.
Your roof deck is the backbone of your home’s roofing system. The roof deck is the structure that the rest of your roof is installed upon.
While it is the backbone of your roofing system, even the deck needs to be secured against water and leaks. Flashing is installed behind your decking material the secure the deck in place and prevent any water or moisture from entering your home.
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