Homeowners are constantly looking for ways to protect their roofing systems from various types of damage, especially moisture damage. While there are numerous ways to do so, an often overlooked part of the roof that can protect it from damage is the flashing. Since some parts of you roof and exterior walls can be vulnerable to leaks and moisture damage, the flashing can actually provide extra protection from such forms of damage.
In this post, Affordable Roofing Systems discusses the different types of flashing that can help you protect your roof.
Chimney flashing is usually applied at the base of your chimney in different parts such as the continuous flashing at the bottom, step flashing on the sides and saddle flashing at the very top. A cap flashing will then be added into the top edges of the other flashings to prevent water from running behind them.
On the other hand, continuous flashing is installed to protect the joint that lies between the vertical wall and the sloped roof. That way, water won’t be able to penetrate the joints and cause any form of moisture infiltration in your home.
Your roofing contractor will apply drip edges beneath the roofing felt along the eaves of your roof and over the roofing felt along the rakes to prevent water from ever seeping beneath them and causing moisture damage to the system itself.
When you’re installing skylights in your home, they’ll have their own integral flashing that is placed in the base, sides and saddles across the top. That way, water won’t be able to enter your home through the edges of the skylights.
Step flashing protects your roof where it meets the side walls, especially if you have dormers, chimneys and skylights. They’re often made of right-angled metal pieces and are mortared into the chimney or caulked along the skylights with the specific purpose of preventing water from sneaking behind it
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