A home’s roofing system is made up of a complex set of components that contribute to the overall protection of your home from outdoor conditions. While we often associate roofing simply with the shingles, some other components are less likely to be discussed – and that includes the flashing.
Although not often discussed, flashing is crucial in protecting vulnerable areas of the roof.
What Is Roof Flashing?
Essentially, flashing is used to cover potential weak points of sloped and flat roofs, keeping them from falling victim to premature wear and tear. It is often applied along the edges, valleys and walls, as well as in areas with protrusions, such as chimneys. Flashing can be made from a wide variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, rubber, copper and roofing felt.
The Importance of Roof Flashing
Flashing is important, and that’s why it makes sense to include this in your roof maintenance checklist. If you fail to maintain your roof flashing, a number of issues may arise, such as:
- Rust and corrosion – Damaged flashing can rot and allow moisture to seep through your ceiling and walls. Water intrusion like this can lead to rust and corrosion.
- Foundation issues – Your home’s foundation can also be susceptible to water damage, causing it to weaken after constant exposure to moisture.
- Mold formation – Even if the leak is small, any amount of water can start the process of mold growth.
Do you need someone to check on your roof flashing? A GAF roofing contractor like Pritchett Bros can easily spot and fix any problems on your system. Call us at (812) 213-8665, or complete our form for a FREE in-home consultation. We serve residents in Bloomington, Bedford and the surrounding areas.