Spots where Roof Flashing can Cause a Leaky Roof

What is Roof Flashing?

Roof Flashing seals between joints to prevent roof leaks. Because some areas are more susceptible to water damage, it adds an extra layer of protection. Flashing is required for any roof area where two surfaces meet. Flashing allows rainwater to run off roofs that are prone to flooding.

Spots at Risk on Your Roof

Each building has different flashing requirements. Different types of roof flashing can be used depending on the design of the home or building. Sometimes, a combination of different roof flashing types will be required. A roofing contractor like Old Time Roofing will know which type of flashing you need and where to place it. Most often, if you see a leak near a vent pipe, it is not your roofing material. It’s your flashing.

Here are five spots that could cause leaky flashing.

  1. Chimney and Skylights: Even though we live in Florida many coastal homes have a fireplace. This includes flashing around the base of the chimney and step flashing around the sides. The top is completed by saddle flashing.

  2. Step: A piece of flashing bent 90 degrees in its middle. This is used for wall flashing. To ensure that rainwater does not pool against the wall, several pieces of flashing are installed in layers with Shingles.

  3. Cap: This cap flashing provides an extra layer of water prevention. It hangs above the edges of all other flashings.

  4. Valley protection is crucial where two roof plans meet. It is designed to look like a “W” and installed before the roofing material is applied.

  5. This flashing covers roof flues and vent pipes. It’s a cone with a base flange that fits into shingles.

Leakage is most likely to occur in valleys and pipes. These areas are where flashing must be installed correctly. Regular roof inspections are essential to ensure that the flashing is installed correctly. Small holes, cracks, or warping can occur. Our roofing experts will help you identify the problem and repair it quickly. A sealed roof is one that’s dry.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the best roofing company in Clearwater! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.