In a typical roof replacement for sloped roofs, it’s typical to see the joints and intersections between two or more roofing panels. These connections are a part of the way the roof is built but they are also some of its most vulnerable areas. When left exposed, water can enter the roof structure through these “seams,” penetrating the roof deck and causing damage to the rest of your roof.
Roofers use strips of metal to cover these joints and prevent water penetration problems. These strips are called flashing and they are one of the most important parts of any roofing system. Let our experts at Pritchett Roofing Inc. show you why you need flashing strips and give you a brief look at what happens when your flashing fails.
Leaks are never a good sign for any roof. It can rot promote the spread of mold, stain your siding, and, in worst cases, can even lead to complete roof failure. Flashing strips are meant to add a waterproof layer of material to prevent rainwater from leaking inside your roof. These strips are placed on areas where two roof decks meet, or in areas where roofing components like skylights and chimneys protrude out the roof.
The most common material used for roof flashing is galvanized steel. This metal is made to last almost indefinitely, which is useful especially for brand-new roof replacements. Other metals like zinc, copper, aluminum, or even plastic-based materials like PVC, can also be used as flashing.
Repairing or replacing broken flashing strips is cheaper and faster than a full roof repair, which is what you will need if you neglect your flashing. Without proper flashing, roofs are more prone to leaks, a serious roofing problem that can extend to other parts of your home.
At Pritchett Roofing Inc., you can count on our professionals to always use high-quality flashing on all your roof replacement and repair needs. Give us a call at (770) 345-1622 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Canton and other nearby areas in GA.