Hurricane and thunderstorm season will soon be upon Central Florida. In fact, you might have already endured some heavy storms. If so, you know how crucial it is to protect your roof from water damage. Flashing is a huge help; if you aren’t familiar with it, let us help you learn what you need to know.
What’s Roof Flashing?
Roof flashing is extra waterproof protection. It’s a thin layer that can and should be applied to any roof. Don’t substitute caulk, roofing cement, or other materials for flashing. None of these can protect your home from severe water damage because they don’t allow water to flow off your roof properly. Flashing ensures that during storms, water flows downward rather than seeping into your home.
Properly installed roof flashing will guide water from surface to surface across your roof until it reaches the ground. No seams or lips should impede its progress. Before installing flashing, inspect your roof for lips, uphill-facing seams, or any large crevices that could trap water. If you find any of these, call a roofing expert to repair them immediately.
To ensure your flashing is installed correctly, follow a drop of water down the side of your house. Once seams, lips, and crevices are dealt with, the water’s progress should be quick and smooth, directly to the ground.
To learn more about roof flashing, call your Orlando roofing contractor at 407-430-7663 today.