When it comes to layers each element plays a crucial role. What’s a sandwich without cheese? What’s a freshly made bed without a sheet? How does a suit look with no jacket? Obviously something is missing in each of these examples. The same goes for your roof. If you think about it, your roof is a series of layers that insulates and protects your home from the elements. If you climb into your attic you can see the underneath side of the roof. If you climb on top, you can see the shingles. But what else is there to ensure that the wind, rain, hot, and cold stay out? One of the most important layers on your roof is the flashing. Here are three reasons why roof flashing is so important.
Roof Flashing for Energy Conservation
Your roof makes up the largest exposed surface of your home, therefore it has the greatest potential for energy loss and that can get expensive. When warm air is allowed to enter through damaged flashing and cold air is allowed to escape, your energy bill during the summer months can sky rocket.
Roof Flashing for Mold and Mildew Prevention
Mold and mildew can run rampant when moisture infiltrates your roof through poor flashing installation or damage. These spores can then make their way into your HVAC system and down into your furniture, carpets, and clothes. Prolonged exposure to these elements can aggravate respiratory problems in your household. Good flashing installation and maintenance can ensure that no moisture penetrates your roof or other areas of your home.
Roof Flashing for Structural Integrity
Just as mold and mildew can be a threat to your home, water infiltration can also compromise its structural integrity. Ceiling panels, rafters, beams, and framing can all be weakened by excessive moisture that is made possible by bad flashing. Rotted wood can lead to extensive damage and expensive repairs.
These are only three reasons why the flashing of your roof is so important. When you have your roof inspected, be sure to trust a qualified, proven roofing contractor who takes each aspect of your home and roof into consideration. For over 50 years Cribbs Incorporated has been helping home and business owners across south Louisiana with their roofing and sheet metal needs.