When water falls onto your roof what keeps it from being directed away from problematic areas? More often than not a reputable roofing contractor will install flashing in the areas where you want water directed away from. Think of flashing as a water diverter that can direct the water where you want it to go. The flashing on your roof is the metal that roofers use to prevent water from penetrating the weak areas on your roof such as around the chimney, sidewall transitions, around skylights or in corners. It is usually secured underneath the shingles and redirects water to another location to find the seamless gutters as quickly as possible so it can get off your roof! While flashing is usually made of durable materials such as aluminum, galvanized metal, copper or stainless steel, it is common for these metals to wear out over time or get damaged. Please read on to find out some of the most common causes for roof flashing failures that your Local, Professional Roofing Contractors in Columbus, Ohio have seen damage roofs.
1. Incorrect Installation
This is the most common cause of roof flashing failure. Roof leaks and incorrect installation goes hand in hand, frankly you’d be surprised how many leaks arise from an inexperienced roofer and some nails. We find homeowners that think installing flashing is something that they can do themselves, sometimes that can be a band-aid until a professional is able to get there and assess the situation. We recommend contacting a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible and if you do need to climb onto your roof please be safe in doing so.
2. Poor Maintenance
As with all the exterior parts of your home, a good preventive maintenance schedule is crucial to keep them from failing prematurely. For this reason, it is recommended that you call in your local Columbus roofer to check all the components of your roof, including the flashing annually. These check-ups can help prolong the life of your roof and keep your home or business dry.
3. Our Central Ohio Climate
It’s no mistake to say that in Central Ohio we experience a wide range of temperatures and weather extremes. Freeze thaw cycles, soaking rains and high summer temperatures can damage weaker components on your roof over time, and flashing is no exception. These extremes can cause the structure to expand & contract over a period of time and moisture can infiltrate into the structure of your roof as the wood shrinks and expands. This constant movement can cause the flashing on your roof to pull away from the surface leading to water to find its way into the building. If this happens to you please call your local roof repair company in Columbus Ohio.
Are you concerned about your roof flashing making it through this winter? Your roof is your first line of defense against weather damage and all that mother nature throws at us in Central Ohio. A healthy, strong roof will increase your home's value and curb appeal, and it will keep your possessions safe and dry throughout the years. We don't take the responsibility of working on your home or business lightly, we invite you to trust Best Exteriors, Inc. for residential and commercial roofing & gutter services. Give us a call at (614) 964-BEST or toll free 1-844-865-BEST You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation!