Our team at Roofwise wants to help you keep your roof in the best possible condition, and that starts with helping you understand the parts of your roof and how they work. In this article, we will focus on roof flashing, going over what it is and why it matters to the overall health of your roof.
- What is Roof Flashing? Roof flashing is a thin, flat material designed to prevent water from getting through the cracks or openings of your roof. It is installed with part of the flashing underneath the shingles and part extending above or over them, which redirects the water to another location and prevents it from seeping through to the roof deck. Roof flashing is typically made from metal, such as copper, aluminum, or stainless or galvanized steel, and it is installed around any exterior joint where water drains out, such as doors, windows, chimneys, and gutters.
- Why Does Roof Flashing Matter? Roof flashing is important because it prevents water from seeping through any gaps in your shingles into the roof deck. If the roof deck, or underlying structure, is exposed to moisture, it will likely lead to serious problems such as rot and mold. The only way to reliably prevent this type of damage is to keep water out, which means that flashing is an essential component of any roof. If you have further questions about roof flashing, we encourage you to give us a call today to consult our experts on the matter.