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Why Does My Baton Rouge Roof Need Flashing

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 01:40 PM

dormer flashing.jpegWhen you think about getting a new roof, there are many things to consider beyond just what type of roof you want. Once you have decided on that, you may hear your roofer mention the flashing that needs to be installed. If you don’t know what flashing is, this may leave you asking, why does my Baton Rouge roof need flashing?

What is flashing?

In order to understand why you need flashing, you need to know what flashing is. Look up at your roof. The metal you see around your dormers, chimney, air vents, or any corner or change in your roof’s continuity is flashing. Normally flashing is metal, but can be plastic or a composite material.

The reason you need flashing is that it directs water around openings or changes in your roof. All the materials that make up your roof work together to protect your home from the elements of nature. Keeping moisture out of your home is one of, if not the, top priority. Flashing is one of those materials. Whether you have shingles, slate, tile, or any other type of roof, there will be areas where there are seams in the roof. These seams, if left uncovered, would be vulnerable to being penetrated by water. Flashing covers these seams, preventing unwanted moisture from entering your home.

Some people don’t like the look of metal flashing on their roof, and want to find a way to avoid having to see it. Fortunately, there are many options to do this while still keeping the protection that flashing provides. For example, flashing doesn’t always have to be exposed. It can actually be hidden by your choice of roofing material.

Another way to conceal the flashing on your roof is to opt for something other than metal. Options like plastic, or composites are available, but we don’t recommend them. Copper or stainless steel flashing have the longest lifespans and will outlive your existing roof. If your flashing is compromised before the rest of your roof is due to be replaced, it will greatly reduce the remaining lifespan of that roof while simultaneously exposing your attic to moisture problems as well.

If you have any questions about what areas of your roof need flashing, or about replacing your current flashing, please give us a call at Cribbs. We are happy to help.

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Baton Rouge Roofing Materials: Frequently Asked Flashing Questions

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Baton Rouge Roofing Materials: Frequently Asked Flashing QuestionsThere are a variety of materials that make up your home’s roof.  One of the most important, but least thought of is the flashing.  Flash is a strip of metal that prevents water from penetrating the junction of a roof with another surface.  The way your flashing ages with the rest of your roof and the way that is repaired or replaced can be very important for your roof and home.  Here are some common questions and answers about your roof’s flashing.

  •          Should you use copper for your flashing?

Copper is an ideal material due to its longevity and lack of maintenance.  It never needs to be painted and withstands the elements of south Louisiana.  Whether you have lifetime, 40 or 50 year rated shingles, they won’t outlast your copper flashing.  While copper can be more expensive initially, you will actually save money in the long run because its lifespan is twice as long as forty pound metal terne.

  •          Why should flashing be soldered instead of caulked?

Some roofing contractors will use caulk to seal flashing.  This is quicker and cheaper method and is highly ineffective.  Caulk is meant to be a temporary seal and will lead to eventual leaks.  Solder, which is a lead/tin mixture that is melted and used to bond two pieces of metal together, creates a permanent seal.

  •          Can you just replace shingles without replacing the flashing?

If you are getting a new roof then you should also get new flashing.  The areas near a wall, chimney, skylight, valley and other sections can be vulnerable to leaking.  When replacing the flashing be sure that it has the same (or greater) life expectancy as your new shingles.  When you omit one element from replacement you increase your risk for leaks and other damage.

These are just a few basic questions and some general information about flashing for your roof.  If you’ve noticed any leaks in your roof or can see some damaged shingles or exposed flashing it may be time to consider a roof repair or replacement.  It is very important to trust a local, licensed and insured roofing company for your home’s needs.  For over 50 years Cribbs Incorporated has been helping Baton Rouge homeowners.  For more information, click here.

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