There are some homeowners that know almost as much as their roofing contractors, but most are only a little familiar with the components of their roofs. While you don’t need to know everything there is to know about roof repair when you’re hiring a roofing contractor, it can be helpful to understand all of a roof’s components.
That’s why our team of residential roofers at J&J Roofing is sharing this homeowner’s guide to your roof’s flashing. We’re also more than happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the roof repair process. If you need quality roof repair with transparency and great service, give us a call today!
Roof flashing is a roof component that is typically manufactured using galvanized sheet metal but can be made of aluminum or copper as well. Aluminum flashing is most frequently used in DIY repairs, while contractors will typically use sheet metal.
Your flashing is used to seal the roof joints, preventing moisture infiltration and protecting your roof, which is why professional soldering and high-performance materials are essential. Flashing is also found around your chimneys, dormer walls, skylights, vents, and any other areas where two roof surfaces meet and are susceptible to water runoff and accumulation.
These are some of the ways flashing can differ in different areas of your roof:
- Chimney and Chimney Cap Flashing
Chimney flashing is located at the base of a chimney and can include saddle flashing at the top of your chimney, step flashing for the sides, and lower chimney flashing at the bottom. Chimney cap flashing overhangs your other chimney flashing to provide extra water resistance.
The valleys of your roof where two planes meet require extra protection. Valley flashing is reinforced using a “W” shape and is installed over the top of the roofing felt before the shingles are added.
This type of flashing is found on a vertical wall or sloped roof and typically includes drip edges to protect your roof near the eaves.
This type of flashing surrounds vents in your roof.
This type of flashing is found along with step flashing around a sloped-roof skylight.
Michigan Roof Repair for Common Flashing Problems
Since your roof is most vulnerable to leaks in the areas where flashing is located, it’s important to address wear on your flashing right away. With a professional roof inspection, our roof repair team can look for warped or cracked flashing and make the necessary repairs to keep your roof functioning at peak performance. To get an online consultation or free estimate, give us a call at 586-445-6455 or contact us online today!