Moisture is the number one enemy of roofing, whether it’s made out of metal or shingles. As much as we love water in our swimming pools and showers, refrigerators, we’d prefer that it not show up on our rooftops.
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 large feature on your roof; it is often a thin strip of metal that’s in place to redirect water away from any sensitive areas such as gaps and crevices.
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 this may not seem like an issue, gaps in your roofing can lead to water seeping into your home and potentially causing damage that will may expensive to repair later on down the line.
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.
The chimney is a great feature that helps to keep you warm on cold winter days, but it has also been known for allowing water to seep into your home. This can be attributed partly to how the chimney was constructed and the way that it was 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 provides the foundation for your entire roofing system. The rest of your roof is fastened onto this structure, and without it, there would be nothing holding your roofing materials together.
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.
For more tips and tricks about your home’s roofing system, give Lumen Construction Roofing a call today!