What is Roof Flashing?

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One of the best ways to keep water out of your home is by installing new roof flashing.

Although some homeowners may try to argue against paying for these materials that are on the exterior of their homes, it can actually save them a considerable sum of money in the long run. Not only will this help protect your home from things like mold, but it can actually protect the entire structure from water damage.

Here are some basic types of roof flashing and how to install them:

a) The first type is called a drip edge, which is essentially an upside-down V-shaped metal with a small spout at the bottom. This runoff is supposed to be close enough to your roof’s edge to make sure no water is left near the foundation.

b) Another type of flashing you can install around your home is called step flashing, which is typically used around the corners of your house. This comes in two pieces that are either made of metal or rubber and plastic materials. These are then sealed together using roofing cement. This is commonly used for pipe boots and vents.

c) Another type of flashing is counterflashing, which would typically be installed around anything that protrudes from the roof, such as pipes or chimneys. It can either be made up of preformed metal sheets with built-in valleys to direct water away from the foundation or it can be made up of lead or a rubberized material that is sold in rolls.

d) The final type of flashing you can install is called housewraps, which are necessary for covering any areas that don’t have roofs, such as the spaces between your walls and ceilings. This is typically made of PVC or rubberized material.

When it comes to replacing roof flashing materials, you will need to know what type of flashing it is so you can purchase an exact replacement. You may also want to hire a professional if you don’t feel as if you can properly install it. In most cases, the material will need to be replaced every 10 years or more frequently if it is damaged.

To learn more about roof flashing and how to maintain it, contact a company that specializes in this area of expertise, such as Hastings Roofing Service.