Do you know the function of your roof’s flashing? First, it protects exposed segments of your roof from leaks. This includes chimney corners and valleys. Flashing’s second key role is directing rain water towards your gutter system and away from your home. Otherwise, you could be looking at shifting ground around your foundation and costly slab leak repair. Find out why timely flashing repairs are so important for your home!
What are the Symptoms of Damaged Flashing?
Leaks, leaks, and more leaks. As we mentioned earlier, flashing is meant to direct water away from exposed areas, but damaged flashing will do just the opposite. This can lead to some very unpleasant consequences, including:
- Mold and Mildew Growth
- Ruined Insulation
- Wood Rot
- Risk of Pests
While most of these problems can be mitigated with timely roof leak repair, it’s easier to just have your flashing serviced or replaced. If you start to detect the odor of mildew or mold in the attic, the damage will likely already be quite extensive.
How Do You Fix Roof Flashing?
First of all, don’t think that tar and cement alone will serve as proper flashing. This can lead to extensive leaks later on. For chimneys, repairs will depend on the condition of the top material and the mortar joint beneath. If the mortar is seriously cracked, you’ll definitely need professional flashing work. The most common course of action is to simply apply new flashing material over deteriorated sections. Once the new flashing is installed, it’s often recovered by your primary roofing material.
Schedule Your Roof Flashing Repairs Today!
Looking to get your roof flashing fixed? We’d love to help you out! Feel free to talk with any of our courteous roofing professionals at JAGG Premium Roof Systems by calling us at (317) 348-0180.