Roof Flashing Repair Services
The term roof flashing refers to a layer of water-resistant material used to protect against water leakage in high-risk areas such as the chimney, vents, seams, valleys, and edges. Depending on the style and structure of the roof, flashing can be a wide variety of materials from cement and tar to more durable alternatives like steel, zinc alloy, copper, lead or aluminum. Serving as a crucial barrier to water penetration leading to stains, damage, and mold, roof flashing is an important part of any roofing project. On certain designs, it also helps direct run-off to the gutters. Correctly and effectively installing roof flashing is extremely difficult and should only be entrusted to qualified roofing experts like those at At The Top Restoration, the premier roofing specialists in the Nashville area.
Warning Signs You Need Repaired or Replaced
Because flashing is specifically located in the most critical, high-risk areas of your roof, having damaged or incorrectly installed flashing is going to cause even more problems. If water is allowed to pass through the flashing along seams and joints, or in valleys, it can quickly wreak havoc on the interior of your roof, harming ceilings, walls, framework, and insulation. There are a number of warning signs to watch for that may suggest your flashing needs to be repaired or replaced.
If your roof is getting up there in age, and especially if your shingles are nearing their expected lifespan, it is safe to assume that your flashing has begun to deteriorate and needs to be carefully examined. Over time basic flashing materials such as cement and tar will slowly degrade to the point that they are no longer effective at keeping water out. Typically we will replace these outdated materials with more effective, durable metal alternatives.
Rust and Corrosion
Even metal flashing needs to be repaired and replaced eventually. Rust is a sure-fire sign it has probably outlived its usefulness, as this means it is now particularly vulnerable to rain. Once it gets started, rust moves quickly and it won’t be long before it has been fully compromised.
If interior leaks occur the first place to look is to your roof flashing. Since it is already installed in specific high-risk areas, failure or deterioration of the flashing is the most likely cause of leaks that make their way inside the home. Once the damage has reached this point you have a serious problem, and it is imperative that you get it examined and repaired as soon as possible to minimize the long-term effects.