What is flashing on your roof, and why do we care so much about it?

Well, it isn’t the kind of flashing done by lights on your roof. We’re talking about the kind that holds things together, and keeps water from leaking into your home — it’s thin pieces of sheet metal that keep water from seeping into the places where chimneys, vents, and skylights meet the roof itself.

If the flashing isn’t there on your roof, in rainy weather, you’ll have gigantic leaks into your house, as water runs into the roofing materials and then into your home in the unprotected crevices. Flashing is in danger when we have a freeze and ice builds on the roof, and pushes the flashing out of place, leaving holes in the roof. Another danger is from ice dams that can build up when gutters aren’t working properly. They can let ice melt in puddles on your roof and seek places to run to, like underneath the flashing.

Wind, hail, rain, and ice can destroy the snugness and safety of any home. It can destroy the roof. Wind can lift up the flashing, rain can pour into the gaps, ice can freeze inside them and wait for warmer weather to melt, and water to crawl down your walls in your home.

It’s a good idea to have your flashing (as well as your entire roof) checked out before expensive repairs result from what seems like small problems.

Royal Crown Roofing can do this for you. Contact them!