Roof flashing is an essential component of your roof as it allows water to flow away from critical areas of your roof. Flashing is normally made of galvanized steel and is installed at the meeting points of roof planes and vertical surfaces, like walls or dormers. It’s also installed to surround vents, skylights, and chimneys, allowing water to flow down the side of the flashing and into the shingles instead of flowing into the roof deck.
Therefore, you have to always make sure that your flashing is working. Here are some important steps you have to take to keep your roof flashing working effectively.
How to Keep Your Roof Flashing Working
Regular Roof Inspection and Repair
First of all, you have to inspect your roof flashing regularly to make sure it doesn’t have issues. One of the first signs that your roof flashing is defective is a leak around the chimney or corners of your roof. Although you can inspect the roof on your own, it’s important to involve a professional roof inspector who understands where to look and what to look for. A professional roofer should fix these issues to avoid unintended damages to your roof.
You should also make a habit of checking your roof flashing whenever you are up on the roof or annually. This will help you to notice any loose areas or leaks in your flashing. That way, you can hire a professional roofer to fix the problems immediately before they become major fault lines.
Lock Your Flashing Down
If your roof flashing has become loose or removed completely from your roof, for whatever reason, you need to lock it down. After some time, the screws attaching your flashing into place may become loose or pulled out by strong winds, or they wear away from around the edges of the holes, leaving the flashing loose. When this happens, you will start experiencing leaks in your house. So, hire a professional roofer to lock your loose flashing down.
Re-Caulk Your Chimney Flashing
The flashing around the chimney is normally knotted into the mortar of the chimney to create a waterproof barrier. However, this mortar can crack or disintegrate over time, leaving your flashing loose. Therefore, check your chimney flashing regularly for cracks or signs of disintegration in the mortar. If it’s cracked, re-caulk it as soon as possible. You can hire a professional roofer to do this for you. Talk to Commercial Roofs of Texas today for more information about roof flashing.