How Roof Flashing Protects Your Florida Home
What is Roof Flashing?
Roof flashing prevents leaks in your roofs by providing a seal between joints. It provides an extra layer of protection. Some areas of a roof are more prone to water damage than others. Any part of a roof where there is a seam requires flashing.
When there's heavy rain on Florida's east coast, you can see how flashing affects your home. The water runs off the roof shingles down the flashing to your gutters (or off the roof). It plays a major role in waterproofing your house.
Flashing on Your Roof
Every home will have different flashing needs. It all depends on the style of the building or home. A combination of roof flashing types is often needed. Your experienced roofing contractor, like Triangle Roofing, knows which kind of flashing to use and where to install it. Most of the time when you notice a leak it's not your roofing shingles leaking, it’s your flashing.
Here are the top 5 spots where you might experience leaky flashing:
Chimney and skylights: even though we live in Florida, many coastal homes have a chimney. Installed at the chimney base, this includes flashing at the bottom of the chimney, step flashing surrounding the sides of the chimney, and saddle flashing for the top. Skylights are very common too and must be installed with care.
Step: This is a piece of flashing that is bent 90 degrees in the middle. It is generally used for wall flashing. This flashing will be installed as layers with shingles to ensure rainwater flows away from the wall.
Cap: cap flashing gives an additional layer of water prevention; it hangs over the edges of the other flashings.
Valley: valleys where two roof lines come together is very important. Shaped like a “W”, this flashing is installed before the roof finishing material is installed.
Vent pipes and stacks: this flashing goes is for pipes on the roof. It is a cone with a base flange that fits into the shingles. Check for leaks here first!
Inspect Roof Valleys and Pipes
Valleys and pipes are going to get the most leaks in heavy rain. It is critical the flashing is installed correctly in these areas. Over time, the flashing can experience wear and tear from the harsh Florida weather, so routine roof inspections are important. Coming loose, small holes, cracks, or warping can happen. Triangle Roofing experts know what to look for and efficiently repair the problem for you. A sealed roof is a dry roof!
If you are experiencing any roof leaks or skylight leaks and need a roofing inspection, contact Joe Delia at Triangle Roofing Ormond Beach now. We serve Volusia, Flagler, and St. Johns counties. Call 386-673-6600. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.