Demystifying the Roof Flashing

Although roof flashings are not obvious to the uninitiated but can be easily overlooked, many people don’t realize the potential consequences of roof deterioration. Reggie Reed Roofing can answer all your questions regarding these components of roofing.

What are They For?

Flashings are used to seal the leaky areas on a flat or pitched roof . You can find them in aluminum, copper and galvanized steel. Each material has its own unique mechanical properties that will serve its purpose over time.

Where are They Installed?

Flashings are generally located at valleys. These are the valleys where two sloping roofs meet. They act as a ditch to channel water towards the gutter system. Flashing valleys can be done with shingles or pre-bent steel pieces.

Each makes a reliable valley liner. It is important to check the warranty of your shingle roof before you decide which option.

Every joint and penetration within the roof needs some type of flashing. Flashings are not universally applicable and will not work for all roofs.

How long do they last?

A regular metal roof can last decades. This is also true for metal flashings. The sealant that made a flashing waterproof can wear down over time due to exposure to the elements. Regular flashing inspection is an essential part of roof maintenance.

Metal flashings can have a short life expectancy. These components can be salvaged and reused, but they will age faster than a new roof. To receive flashings of high quality and reliability, make sure you hire a reliable roofer.

Reggie Reed Roofing, a licensed roofing contractor, is the name you can trust to keep your roof’s flashings in top condition to prevent leakage.

This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, the best roofers in Clearwater FL. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches, and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.