What Is Roofing Flashing?

What exactly is roofing flashing around a home? For many people they don’t even realize that flashing is a very important part of a home’s roof. Flashing is crucial to not only protecting your home but also keeping your family safe from harm. The last thing you want to do is have a terrible accident on your roof because you did not take the time to properly install flashings. Take the time to learn what is roofing flashing and what it can do for you.

What exactly is roof flashing? Roofing flashing is a vital safety provision for virtually all kinds of roofs and helps to prevent serious accidents from occurring because of a lack of protection from the roof. While it will prevent bigger objects from being able to penetrate your roof and get inside, it also helps to prevent smaller objects from being able to get through as well. This is especially critical in two-story homes where flying debris can easily break through to the upper levels of the house. Flashing can really come in handy when it comes to smaller objects such as birds and rats that can easily get into your attic or crawl space.

How often should I replace the flashing? Your roofing company can usually tell you how often you should replace your flashing needs based on what kind of weather conditions you normally have in your area. If you have light weather twice a year or less then you should typically have no problem replacing the flashing on your own. However, if you see heavy rain or snow then you should really call a professional roofer to make sure that the repairs are made properly and to ensure that you do not have any future leaks.

Can I still use my old roofing flashing to fix problems on my newer roofs? A good roofer can easily retrofit your existing roof into any shape and size without any additional requirements. The same holds true for two roof repair jobs. You do not necessarily have to remove the old flashing in order to do either job, however you need to make sure that you have all of the right tools and know-how to do the job. If you have an older home then you may be able to use your flashing to fix the problem with a roof replacement while you work on the other project.

Is it recommended that I hire a contractor to replace the metal flashing in my two story home? Metal flashings can be difficult to install if you are not an expert. Also, metal flashing tends to deteriorate over time, which may make it easier for water to get inside your home through the gap. Sometimes the metal flashing cannot be removed by yourself because it is required by the local building codes.

Will I be replacing all of the shingles or just some of them? Some roofs may need to be replaced only because they become damaged or the flashing becomes deteriorated. This is not usually the case with larger roofs because these usually involve many more shingles. However, if your roof is damaged or you are simply tired of looking at the unsightly condition of your roof then you may need to remove some of the shingles to repair the problem. You can usually find the parts you need to do this at your local hardware store or roofing store.

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