Flashing is often your home’s last line of defense against water damage. There are several different materials that are commonly used for flashing and each is best suited for specific situations and in combination with different building and roofing materials. Before we talk about the different types of flashing materials, let’s take a minute to talk about what flashing is and how it works.Continue reading
At A.J. Wells Roofing Contractors, we work to fulfill all of your home’s flashing needs. You might wonder what is flashing and does your home need new flashing. Flashing is usually made of galvanized steel or aluminum, but can be made from a variety of materials such as rubberized asphalt, plastic, copper, stainless steel or butyl rubber. The flashing is placed over joints in the ceiling and roof to prevent water from seeping into your home’s structure. It is also placed above windows. Flashing helps to direct water away from the home’s structure.
When properly installed and working, flashing quickly diverts rain water from even the most extreme storm. Even a new home may suffer from flashing problems if the material was improperly used during the home’s construction. It is critical that your home have good flashing or mold and mildew will build up in the home’s wood, insulation and drywall from seeping water. Ongoing moisture will eventually cause your home’s structure to rot and become compromised.
Regular Maintenance is Necessary
You should regularly inspect the condition of your roof’s flashing to make sure it is not cracked, oxidized or deteriorated. Flashing may also become loosened during a severe wind storm or ripped completely from the home. After all severe wind storms, hurricanes or tornadoes it is advised that you have your home’s flashing inspected. Look along the valleys in your roof’s surface, around any chimneys, pipes, skylights and the home’s dormers. If your flashing looks bad you may want to call a roofing contractor in Jacksonville to get their professional opinion. Often only one area of the flashing will suffer damage or need replacement. The roofer will cut away the area of old or damaged flashing and install new material. A roofer can cut and shape a piece of sheet metal to install in any areas of damage. The new piece will be adhered to the roof’s surface using caulking or roofing cement.
Here are areas of home’s flashing that should be inspected for possible replacement. A roofing contractor in Jacksonville would be happy to look over your home’s trouble spots to give you an idea of how effective your flashing is.Continue reading