Roof Flashing Repairs And Replacements

Roof flashing materials are constructed of thin metal strips. Flashing is used to direct rainwater away from a rooftop. If severe weather has damaged flashing, a residential roofing contractor will take the following measures.  

Preliminary Concerns

You may have taken notice of damaged roofing materials or a leak within your home. The flashing is one of the materials that may need to be repaired or replaced, however, a roofing contractor will need to calculate the other parts of the roofing system that are damaged.

Since leaks within a roof design could lead to interior damage to your home, a roofing contractor will take measures to prepare the upgrades in a prompt manner. They will determine how many roofing materials will need to be repaired or replaced. They will order the flashing materials needed to perform the job.

Flashing Repairs

Flashing is typically located along steep parts of a rooftop. It is also installed around chimneys and other structural materials that require a bit of reinforcement. If some of the flashing materials contain small holes, a residential roofing contractor may recommend that the flashing materials are patched.

The patching process requires cement or another adhesive to be applied over each hole. Before a contractor performs this type of repair work, they will remove the shingles that surround the flashing materials. 

Afterward, they will add an even coat of roofing cement or an industrial adhesive to each damaged flashing material. Once the flashing is repaired, the contractor will reinstall the shingles that they removed.

Flashing Upgrades

Twisted flashing or flashing that has numerous holes in its surface will need to be replaced. If an inferior flashing product was originally installed on a rooftop, a contractor may choose to use a thicker, more superior flashing product. Flashing products that are corrosion-resistant offer the best protection.

To perform the upgrade, the contractor will need to remove the flashing and the surrounding roofing materials. They will carefully remove the adhesive that was originally holding the flashing in place. This will require a scraping process.

If hardware was originally used to install the flashing materials that are being replaced, a contractor will use a power drill to remove the hardware. Then, they will clean the substrate materials that rest under the flashing.

The contractor will measure and cut the new flashing materials. The contractor will line up the flashing and use adhesive or hardware to secure the roofing materials. They will replace the shingles afterward.

To find out more, contact a residential roofing contractor today.