The importance of roof flashings

After colder months, it’s important to ensure that your home recovers from any damages that may have occurred and in turn, ensure that they don’t reoccur the following Winter. One of the most important parts to check is your roof flashings.

When considering the protection of your roof, you may not have considered the importance of strong roof flashing installed correctly but in order to keep your home protected, it’s imperative that the flashing is installed correctly the first time. Flashing protects the roof by sealing out water and moisture around the more vulnerable areas. These include:

Chimneys
Sunlights
Window openings
Ventilation pipes
Other roof obstacles

Properly installed roof flashing is absolutely essential to a properly functioning roof.

The issues that are associated with water entering the home through the roof are numerous and can be expensive. These can be avoided by installing a strong flashing system to help prevent water damage to homes, and the valuables within it.

A home that hasn’t been properly protected against flashing systems is strongly susceptible to mould and damp problems. Water travels through and underneath openings and cracks in the roof if flashings are not appropriately sealed and protected. A water-barrier system which is provided for your roof by properly installing flashing is necessary when it comes to protecting against water related damages.

What damages can roof leaks bring to my home?

If there are water leaks into your home, they can cause a range of issues. These can include dampness, damages to the goods within your home and damages to the infrastructure of your home.

Dampness can even affect your family – if there is dampness on the walls of your home, it can affect respiratory systems, immune systems and even prolong common colds and flus.

Dampness can be remedied fairly easily with dehumidifiers and opening windows more often but the root of the cause could be leaking from your roof and if this is an issue, it is better to have a permanent solution than a short-term one which will ensure the problem is recurring.

If your home is suffering from damp problems, ensure that you check your roof for poorly-fitted flashings, broken tiles or even missing tiles. If you have any of these issues, Evana Roofing can help rectify them so that you and your family can rest assured that your home is safe and protected.

Why does my roof’s flashing matter so much?

Roof flashing is important because it acts as a barrier between the openings and joints of the roof protecting them from outside water, snow and general moisture. Some of the materials used to make flashing include:

Lead
Aluminium
Copper
Stainless Steel
Plastic
Rubber

Whatever is used for your home depends on the build of it and what suits your budget. Evana Roofing can help you understand how the different materials will work for your home and we can advise you on what we’d recommend and offer an affordable service.

Many customers prefer to use copper as it is extremely durable, and reliable and is a generally strong roof flashing material. It can be expensive to consistently replace roof flashing so we do recommend that you undertake a more durable, long-lasting material to protect your roof.

Types of flashing for the home

There are different types of flashing available based on where they are installed on the roof or structure. Roof flashing is installed around protruding elements of the roof such as vents or chimneys in order to deflect water away from those areas. Wall flashing is also a type of flashing that helps to prevent water leaking into a home’s walls and is usually placed at interruptions in the wall -think windows and doors.

Channel flashing is vital in locations where the edges of the tiled roof meet the wall while drip-edge flashing is used specifically at roof’s edges.

Flashing that can help the accumulation of water, and thus water damage is called kick-out flashing which is located at the bottom of the intersection between the roof and wall and is uniquely designed to deflect water away from the wall at this point of the structure.

How can Evana Roofing help you?

A poorly installed flashing system can cause damage to you home by diverting water into it, instead of away and the importance of a quality flashing installation for homes cannot be understated with this taken into consideration.

We can offer an effective, professional flashing installation service at a low cost to protect you and your home. We’ve been working on homes and roofs for over 30 years and we understand the importance of homes being protected against the Scottish weathers.

If you’re looking for a roofing specialist in or around Glasgow, get in touch with Evana Roofing. We can offer a great service at an affordable price and we look forward to hearing from you.

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