Your roof is a system made up of several components, and the better you understand them, the more prepared you are to work with Planet Roofing when you get a free roof inspection. In this blog, we are going to discuss roof flashings and what they do for your roof.
The optimal roof would not have openings, but unfortunately, roofs need to make way for chimneys, vents, dormer windows, skylights, and more. As a result, your home becomes vulnerable to structural damage, mold problems, and deterioration. That is where flashing comes in!
Flashing’s basic job is to direct water flow around openings in your roof. It can be made of two different materials:
- Sheet metal – most expensive, most durable
- Plastic – PVC based, cheaper, vulnerable to sun if exposed
Depending on the features of your roof, you will need a different type of flashing. If you work with a company other than Planet Roofing, use these insights to ensure you get the best results.
- I have a chimney
- Metal or PVC flashing can be used in this case.
- The flashing should completely cover the joints between the chimney and the roof.
- I have a dormer
- Metal flashing should be used for dormers.
- The flashing must go between each and every row of shingles. It also extends over the shingles in front of the dormer to keep the water flowing away!
- I have a skylight
- Metal flashing is best for skylights.
- The flashing around a skylight should be one continuous piece.
These are some basic pointers on flashing that should help you evaluate the work done on your roof. Contact Planet Roofing today for free roof inspection and professional flashing work!