When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, your roof flashing is essential. The flashing is installed on the roof’s joints which helps guide rain water to the ground. It makes sense that people in Orange County and Los Angeles don’t usually prioritize the flashing on their roof, due to the little rain we get in Southern California, but it’s still very important and should not be neglected. Here is a misconception on roof flashing replacement that needs to be addressed.
Myth: A roof flashing replacement is only needed when you have a roof installed.
This is very far off from the truth. Just because the roof and flashing are a part of the structure covering your home, it doesn’t mean they are synonymous. Flashing has the very specific purpose of preventing water from entering the home through roof openings (such as vents and pipes) and should be treated as an entity separate from the roof. Depending on the quality of the material and the installation, flashing can either outlive other components of your roof or need replacement shortly after the roof is installed. Bottom line is to replace your flashing as soon as it fails to serve its purpose. It is often advised to perform a visual assessment of your roofs flashing every 6 months to gage its condition. If you are in Southern California, and you’re concerned about your roof flashing, contact your Orange County and Los Angeles roofing professionals at (800) 766-8000 for an inspection. You can also have one of our friendly roofers contact you.
Things to Check When Deciding to Get a Roof Flashing Replacement:
- Look to see if pieces of your flashing that are deteriorating, either cracking or broken.
- Check if there is any damaged shingles that connect to the roof flashing.
- See if any dried adhesives used on the flashing are showing.
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