Flashing is one of the most important components of residential roofing systems. It is essential in keeping your roof efficient and in good shape as well as in preventing leaks. Roof flashing helps direct water from the critical areas of the roof and into the gutters and downspouts.
Keep on reading to learn more about the importance of roof flashing.
What Is Roof Flashing?
Roof flashing is installed to joints or penetrations in your roof and areas where water can penetrate through the roof and into your home. It comes in different materials, such as lead, copper, sheet metal and rubber, or plastic. You can usually find it on valleys, chimneys, skylights, and dormers.
Moreover, chimneys need special flashing as it’s one of the most critical penetrations in a roof. In skylights, a continuous piece of sheet metal flashing is installed on both sides. Your roofing contractor will seal the gap between the walls of a dormer and the roof with steep flashing. This type of flashing is similar to the ones found on the sides of a chimney.
Why Is It Important?
Today’s roofing systems can last between 15 to 100 years or more depending on the material. However, all roofing systems have vulnerable areas and those leak-prone places need flashing. Flashing is made of materials that offer superior resistance to water and weather. Without it, your roof will eventually start to leak. On the other hand, if you have properly installed and well-maintained, flashing, leaks are less likely to occur.
Whether you need a roof repair or replacement, M & A Roof Home Improvement is here to help. Our experienced roofers will make sure that every component of your roofing system is properly installed. Also, we only use high-quality materials from leading manufacturers in the industry. Give us a call at (757) 779-5244 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve homeowners in Virginia Beach, VA.