Issues That Damage Roof Flashing

Many homeowners don't know that roof flashing is one of the reasons for their roofing problems. Roof flashing is necessary for weatherproofing parts of your roof, such as pipe vents, eaves, skylights, walls, valleys, and chimneys. Improper installation of roof flashing causes leaks. If you notice problems with your roof flashing, you should call a residential roofing service.

Here are some common issues with roof flashing.

Membrane Shrinkage

When the roof membrane diminishes, it leads to shrinkage. Membrane shrinking exerts pressure on the roof flashing and seams. Over time the roof flashing and seams will burst. When the roof flashing no longer protects your roof, water will penetrate your home, creating issues like structural damage. Ensure you call a residential roofing service as soon as you notice roof membrane shrinkage.

Settling Foundation

Roof flashing failure may arise around structures attached to your home's foundation. When installing roof flashing, your roofer checks the home's foundation for cracks. If foundation issues arise, cracks appear near the roof and around door frames. The cause of these cracks is the settling of your home's foundation.

A settling foundation results in loose roof flashing. The chimney and fireplace are the main areas affected when your foundation settles. You should contact a residential roofer if you notice roof flashing pulling away from these areas.

Harsh Weather

Extreme weather conditions are another reason for roof flashing failure. During the summer and winter seasons, you should inspect your roof's flashing. Hail and strong winds can also damage roof flashing. These conditions either knock out the roof flashing or put holes in it. You should address the effects of harsh weather on roof flashing before it leads to severe roof and structural damage.

Old Age

Over time, roof flashing wears out. Temperature fluctuations can cause warping on your roof flashing. Also, when your home settles, the roof flashing tends to bend. Old roof flashing should be replaced to protect your home's external and structural components. 

How often you need to replace roof flashing will vary depending on the type of roofing material. For example, an asphalt roof's flashing should be replaced after about 30 years. Your residential roofer will advise you when to replace your roof's flashing.

Roof flashing is one of the primary defenses against roof leaks. Many roofing problems can be traced to the roof's flashing. Scheduling regular roof inspections can help you address roof flashing issues before they lead to extensive roofing repairs.  

For more information about residential roofing, contact a local company. 

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