Roof Flashing Repair
The sources of a wide majority of residential roof leaks are roof flashings. In most instances, the correct installation of flashing material is what determines whether or not your roof will leak. The reason for this is quite simple: The vast majority of roofing products are quite easy to install when you ave the proper knowledge and the expertise of professional roofers. The manufacturers have engineered these products to be practically leak proof when they are installed on a simple roof.
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In the real world, there are very few simple roofing jobs. Examples of simple roofs are dog houses and small outdoor sheds. Rarely will you find a plumbing vent stack, chimney, fan vent, pot vent, valley, side wall projecting above the roof, etc. on a dog house. You will, on the contrary, almost always find one of these items projecting through a residential house roof.
The engineering concerning flashings has been known for hundreds and hundreds of years. The system depends almost entirely on gravity. Gravity works with the flashing material and sheds the water onto the regular roofing materials. If you use a flashing material that depends on some other method to shed water you can quite possibly develop a leak. Caulks, roofing cement, pitch and similar materials depend on their stickiness or adhesive qualities to seal out water. These qualities can easily break down under constant exposure to the elements. If you want a leak-proof roof, stay away from these type of compounds.
Flashings are the transition materials and media between the primary roofing materials and the things that don’t get covered with roofing materials. For example, when a chimney projects through the center of a roof, the roofing products must terminate against the chimney. However, this junction must be engineered to allow for expansion and contraction and be leak-proof. This same condition is true for any other thing that projects through your roof or where two sloping roofs form a valley, saddle or a cricket.
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Many people expect roofs to perform for a minimum of 15 to 20 years. Some roofs can be expected to last 50 to 80 years. This means that the materials which are used for flashings must have the same, or greater, life span as the roofing material itself. These materials must also be able to be shaped easily and have the capability to be easily soldered, brazed or welded.
If you suspect you have flashing isues on your roof please call the flashing repair experts at Integirty Roofing for a fre roof inspection.