Made of aluminum, steel or copper, the flashing plays a crucial role in the roof’s weather performance. It is installed around chimneys, vents, skylights and other roof penetrations. If it fails, water runoff can seep through the roofing system, causing extensive and severe damage if not addressed promptly.
In this blog post, we explain everything you need to know about roof flashing failure, including its causes, signs and solutions.
Causes of Roof Flashing Failure
Flashing failure stems from a variety of issues. Improper installation, for one, creates gaps where water can seep through and wreak havoc on your attic insulation, rafters and trusses. Age may also contribute to flashing failure; corrosion weakens the metal material, increasing the likelihood of leaks. Exposure to strong winds, heavy rain, and inclement weather conditions can damage flashing as well.
Signs of Roof Flashing Failure
You can tell your roof flashing has failed by looking at a few signs both inside and outside your home. A quick visual inspection should tell you if this is the case. If the flashing has become loose or gone missing, or there’s a slight sag on the roof surface, it’s best to get in touch with your roofer as soon as possible. The same applies if you notice discoloration or water stains on your ceilings and walls.
Dealing with Roof Flashing Failure
Scheduling regular inspections helps to catch issues with your flashing and the rest of the roof’s components. In case there’s significant damage to it, make sure to choose high-quality replacement material so it can withstand extreme weather conditions better. More importantly, hire a reliable roofing contractor with experience in such repairs to ensure proper installation.
When it comes to dealing with flashing failure and other roof-related issues, American Roofing & Construction, LLC can provide the necessary solutions to bring your roofing system back to its previous condition. Call us at any of these phone numbers: (251) 379-9712 (Mobile) or (205) 223-2469 (Birmingham). You can also fill out this contact form to get a free estimate.