Your Roofs flashing is a thin and flat material used to hinder water from getting into the openings and crevices of your roof. It is installed under the shingles of your roof, and it deflects the water to another area.
Roof flashing is made out of metals, like aluminum, copper, or steel. Roofing contractors can install flashing around your doors, gutters, chimneys, and windows. George & Alex Roofing & Waterproofing suggests installing flashing on any exterior joint in which water drains out.
The Vital Areas of Your Roof that Necessitate Flashing
These areas comprise of:
- Side and front walls (the roofing surface that joins to the wall)
- Roofing valleys (low points where two roof slopes combine)
- Roof protrusions (kitchen and bathroom vents, and skylights or sun tubes)
- The roofs edges (rakes and eaves)
Eight Types of Conventional Roof Flashing
The eight types of conventional roof flashing include:
Continuous flashing is a lengthy and individual piece of metal. It transfers water down to the underneath roof shingles. As the houses roof contracts and expands this type of flashing fights to flex. To hinder continuous flashing from cracking and wrapping, expansion joints are built into the longer pieces.
Specific roof features require two pieces of flashing, like chimneys. This type flashing guarantees that water always meets a flashing surface that guides it away from the roof. Dissimilar to other types of flashing, this type of flashing is an easy install. When the weather changes, the roofing materials contract and expand. Because base flashing is made out of two pieces of flashing, it is able to move with it.
Counter flashing gets either installed on top of base flashing or opposite of it. It’s the second part required to finish the base flashing.
Step flashing, in a rectangle shape, is angled ninety degrees from the center. The roofing contractor is going to install a multitude of layers of step flashing with shingles to guarantee it steers water away from the walls.
A lot of skylights come with flashing, but should your skylight not have any, your roofing contractor is going to need to purchase it separately.
This type of flashing, made out of metal, safeguards open valleys from getting damaged by water.
Drip edges are metal flashing that is installed on your roof’s edge. It assists water in draining off your roof devoid of causing a water leak or impacting your home.
Kickout flashing seals the space between where the step flashing ends, and the gutter begins. It keeps water away from the wall by forcing it into the gutter.
3 Kinds of Roof Flashing Materials
Roof flashing is made out of the below three kinds of materials:
Aluminum is lightweight and easily installed. Prior to roofing contractors installing aluminum, they coat it with stonework and concrete to hinder corrosion.
Copper is pliable and is easily soldered. It is a highly durable material with a long lifespan. Nevertheless, as copper gets older, it fades into a patina.
Steel is the main choice for flashing. It is pliable and aesthetically appealing. For preventing corrosion, it is galvanized.
If you need your roof flashing inspected, fixed, or installed, Bronx area homeowners can contact George & Alex Roofing and Waterproofing at 516-447-8174 for a free estimate. George & Alex Roofing and Waterproofing has been in business for over 25 years and has earned a reputation for their high quality work.
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