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What is Roof Flashing? Get Insight from Top Denver Roofers
March 30, 2016
When it comes to your roof. How much do you know? Flashing, also known as weatherproofing, is a very important part of your roof’s structure. That part having been damaged or deteriorated over time, requires the attention of a Denver roofer as soon as possible. So what exactly is it? Below are four things to know about your roof’s flashing:
To make sure your roof’s flashing is properly installed, we at Big Creek Roofing & Restoration can help! From flashing to repairs, we can help with all of your home’s roofing needs. We can also assist you with your insurance claims. You can count on us to work quickly, with most roofs completed in one day! Give us a call at 303-877-8369 or fill out a contact form to get started.
- The Basics: Flashing is a barrier from the inside of your home to the outside of your home and directs the flow of water. It’s this barrier that keeps water from getting inside. It is placed around the entire roof and over the joints. So no matter what the weather outside, rain, snow, wind, hail, etc., the flashing on a roof keeps all of it out, which then keeps water damage, mold, and other after effects of water infiltration out of your home.
- Engineering: The actual engineering of roof flashing is pretty in-depth, which is why it is important for an experienced Denver roofing company to install it. Essentially, the basis of flashing relies on gravity. When installed properly, gravity and flashing work together to direct the water off the roof and onto the ground. It is installed around the various exit points such as windows, fan vents, chimneys, plumbing stacks and similar areas. When it comes to construction, it is typically made out of sheet metal, plastic, copper, stainless steel or composite materials—with sheet metal being the most durable.
- Deterioration: Because flashing is exposed to some of the harshest aspects of weather, from high winds and storms to high temperatures and sun, it may expand and contract. Throughout the year it can change, and is one of the reasons it can deteriorate over time (i.e. rust). During your routine roof inspections, be sure keep an eye on the flashing. If you notice something out of the ordinary, contact your roofing company in Denver. Often times, issues only require a simple patch to keep things protected. However, because flashing is so important, it is crucial to make sure it is fixed as soon as possible.
- Common Leak Locations: When flashing does age, there are a few places it commonly has issues. First, one of the places is behind wood siding or in front of bricks. Second, it often can deteriorate around plumbing vents. When the rubber around it cracks, water can come begin seeping into the space. Last is flashing around vents. It often can become loose, which will cause leaks to happen.