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What is Roof Flashing and Why is it Important to Maintain It?

by | Aug 25, 2019 | Blog, Roofing

Many parts of your roof come together to create the barrier that protects your home from UV rays and the elements. One of the most important parts of your roof system is flashing. At Springtree Restoration, we provide roof inspections and flashing repair to homes in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call if your roof needs repairs, and our talented team will get to work right away!

What is Roof Flashing?

Roof flashing acts as a seal between the joints of your roof. It’s typically made from galvanized sheet metal or aluminum. You might recognize it as the metal plating around the base of your chimney and other areas of your roof, such as skylights and ventilation pipes. The sheets of metal are placed carefully and joined together using soldering.

Flashing can be installed in many ways depending on which area of the roof it’s being used for. There is overlapping step flashing, u-shaped channel flashing to catch water where the roof meets a wall, concealed sill flashing installed beneath windows and doors, and many others. Roof flashing is very versatile and effective.

What Does it Do?

Flashing is designed to keep water out. Wherever the roof is susceptible to leaks, such as the seams, roof valleys and dormer walls, flashing can be installed to shore up the vulnerable area and prevent water from entering. It can also help redirect water toward a drainage path or catch excess water.

Roof Flashing Damage

As you can imagine, roof flashing gets a lot of wear and tear from rain, hail, high wind, tree limbs, and other hazards. You might notice the edges of the metal starting to warp or show signs of rust. Sometimes the metal will crack or pull away from the roof. Leaks are the most obvious sign of damaged flashing.

Poor installation plays a role in the longevity of roof flashing, but even well-installed flashing will take damage over time. That’s why it’s important to get a professional roof inspection at least once a year and after severe storms. If your flashing is no longer doing its job, water could be penetrating your roofing structure and causing hidden damage. At worst, the moisture could lead to mold and mildew, which degrade the air quality and introduce allergens into your home.

How to Maintain Your Roof Flashing

General roof maintenance will also help your flashing last longer. Check out your roof after storms have passed through. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are draining water properly. Don’t allow soggy piles of leaves to sit anywhere on your roof.

Flashing maintenance mostly involves examining your flashing for signs of damage. Look at the edges of the flashing to make sure they are screwed down and sealed tight. Pay special attention to the flashing at the base of your chimney. Sometimes the mortar can become old and crumble away, breaking the watertight seal. If you notice this kind of damage, it’s time to call in a professional.

Springtree Restoration: We Fix Roofs and Flashing in Dallas-Fort Worth

If your roof has been battered by storms and high winds, give us a call as soon as you can. We will climb up on your roof and make note of the damage we find, then present you with a written estimate for repairs. Springtree operates on the virtues of honesty and hard work. There’s no better team to fix your roof and your flashing anywhere in the DFW Metroplex. Call us today or go online to schedule a service call!

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