You might notice a few discolored spots developing on a ceiling tile. Maybe a several drops of rain have trickled down the side of a wall. However, when you went up on the roof to check its condition, you found it to be in good health, at least that what it looked like on the surface.
Under the materials that prevent water from damaging your home sits the underappreciated hero of your roofing system. It is called flashing, and when it diminishes in efficiency, your roof will not fully protect you against water damage.
As a five-star rated roofing company, Benchmark Roofers specializes in replacing ineffective flashing, as well as installing flashing for a completely new roof.
Overview of Flashings
Flashings act as the material that provides the transition between the roofing materials sitting on top of your roof and the materials that make contact with a ceiling. Let’s take a chimney as an example on how important flashing can be for a roof. Roofing materials must end when the materials reach the chimney. The spaces that inevitable develop between the chimney and the roofing materials require a buffer to account for expansions and contractions. Flashing represents the material that handles contractions and expansions to ensure a 100% leak-free roof.
Deteriorating Flashing Equals Water Leaks
What do deteriorating flashings mean for your roof? It means you might have to reach out to roofing specialists to address a roof damaged by prolonged exposure to water. As a strong piece of metal, flashings cover every joint that keep a roof functioning optimally. Flashings that diminish in quality can lead to water leaks that trigger a large number of potential issues, from the growth of mold to collapsing drywall. Flashings are the key that keeps water out of your home.
Repair Deteriorating Flashing
Beware of the roofing contractor that claims you need a new roof, when in fact, all you need is for the experienced team of contractors at Benchmark Roofers to come in and replace old flashings or install new flashings in spots where there are no flashings installed to protect your home against water damage.
Here are a few options we have for fixing flashing issues:
Locking down flashings that are out of place requires just the changing out of damaged screws for new screws. We make sure to use screws that are made of the same metal as the metal used to manufacture the flashings.
Fill Holes with Caulk
Manufacturers design flashings to withstand the worst weather. However, the passage of time can lead to a few holes developing on the flashings installed beneath roofing materials. With the use of a bristled brush and a little bit of caulk, we stop water leaks by patching up flashing holes.
Making Leaking Seams Disappear
For most cases, we push back the seams that form along flashings to prevent water leaks. Adding roofing cement typically gets the job done when a seam refuses to push back into a flashing.
Contact Benchmark Roofers for Flashing Replacement or Installation
Sometimes, it is what you cannot see that hurts you. Although you detect a water leak, you have no idea that one or more deteriorating flashings has caused water damage to your home. Contact the licensed and bonded roofing experts at Benchmark Roofers to determine whether deteriorating flashing has compromised the performance of your roof. You can reach us by submitting the online form or by calling our office at (443) 454-1293.