Shining a Light on Flashing

Shining a Light on Flashing

Flashing is an essential component of any roofing system. This thin piece of metal is installed around roof features such as chimneys, skylights, and vents and prevents water from leaking into the home. Without proper flashing, water can seep into the roof and cause damage to the structure of the home.

Types of Flashing

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There are several different types of flashing for roofs. Each type serves a specific purpose and is essential for keeping water out of the home.

  • Drip Edge: Prevents water from seeping under the shingles and into the home.
  • Step: used around chimneys and other vertical features to create a watertight seal.
  • Valley: Channels water away from the home at the valleys of the roof.
  • Saddle: protects against water infiltration at intersecting roof sections.
  • Vent pipe: prevents leaks around roof vents.
  • Counter: creates a barrier against water entering the home around the base of chimneys.

Flashing Installation

Proper installation of flashing is crucial to ensuring that the roof remains watertight and free from leaks. Without properly installed flashing, water can easily seep into the home, damaging the ceiling, walls, insulation, and even the foundation. Over time, this can lead to mold growth, rotting wood, and structural instability.

Proper installation and maintenance can help prevent water infiltration, helping ensure the longevity of the roof.

At Guaranteed Roofing, we have years of experience in installing all types of roofs. Our experts stay current on the latest techniques and technologies to ensure your home is safe from water damage. Contact us today for a free estimate on your roofing project.