What is flashing? Flashing is used over joints in roof and wall junctions to divert water to prevent water seeping in and causing damage. Most flashing is made of metal and L Flashing (5 by 5) is the most common type of flashing in Florida homes. Flashing is one of the most important components of your roof and is vital to maintaining the structural integrity of your home. Florida building code describes the function of flashing as “Flashings shall be installed at wall and roof intersections; wherever there is a change in roof slope or direction. Existing vent flashing, metal edgings, drain outlets, collars and metals counterflashings shall not be reinstalled where rusted, damaged or deteriorated.”
Replacing flashing can be costly and difficult so many homeowners are reluctant to having their flashing fully replaced when a roof is replaced. In a similar light, some contractors, who may not have the experience or skill to replace flashing, avoid it to cut corners and low ball the customer with their estimate. Contractors may try and remove everything above the flashing (tar and shingles) that is damaged, but claim they left the flashing intact. When a roof is installed, a layer of tar is laid to adhere the shingles to the flashing. Over time, that tar hardens and crystallizes and is incredibly difficult to remove. If shingles need to be replaced, that tar has to come off as well. It is virtually impossible to remove all of the tar without damaging flashing. That would be the equivalent of removing a piece of tape to open a package and then resealing that package with the same tape. That may be fine for a box in the garage, but do you want to risk your home’s structural integrity to save a few bucks?
Realistically, the cost savings does not affect you, the homeowner, whatsoever. When a roof needs to be replaced, a homeowner’s cost is merely the insurance deductible. If your deductible is $5,000, and the insurance company says it will cost $10,000 to replace the roof, but your contractor identifies that the flashing needs to be replaced to meet Florida Building Codes at a total cost of $15,000, you still only pay your $5,000 deductible. Most insurance companies do not cover poor workmanship when damage is incurred, so it is important to know who you are working with and that they have a strong track record you can trust. If your insurance company approves a new roof claim and there are issues later on due to workmanship, the insurance company will not cover that subsequent damage. If it is not done right the first time, you will not get a second chance.
At A.J. Wells Roofing and Construction, we replace flashing with every roof replacement. We do not do this to rack up the cost or to pad our bottom line. We in fact do this because our reputation is on the line with every job we do and nothing is more important to us than leaving your home with a roof that will last a lifetime and survive the harsh conditions Florida can throw at you. We cannot guarantee the work of anyone that has worked on the roof before us, so we make sure it is done right when we do it. We pride ourselves on providing the best workmanship with the best materials on the market.
One of the most common flashing problem areas are chimneys and roof to wall junctions. Many contractors lack the skill and experience to properly handle the flashing replacement around/against a chimney and roof to wall junctions. You can rest assured that when A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction replaces your flashing, your chimney will be worked on by some of the best experts in the field and that your chimney will be guaranteed to last a lifetime.
For more information on your home’s structural integrity, call A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction to get your free quote. This is an issue you do not want to wait replacing. Call Today at (904) 553-0069 or visit us at Roofreplacementservices.com.