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How to Properly Deal With Roof Flashing Failure

How to Properly Deal With Roof Flashing Failure

Flashing is a roofing material that’s designed to redirect water runoff safely towards the gutters. These components play a crucial role in protecting your roofing system from different weather conditions and elements. So, if it fails, it can lead to water leaks and more damage within your roof’s structure. But what causes flashing to fail?

Roof Flashing Failure

Flashing Failure and Their Causes  

Typically, roof flashing works with gravity to help channel the precipitation onto the gutters and downspouts. However, there are some factors, such as poor installation and climate, that affect its effectiveness and the integrity of your flashing. This can lead to damaged flashing, which can happen in different ways. 

  • Loose Flashing 
    This type of flashing failure is likely due to poor installation. This is often the case for a few inexperienced contractors, but it can also be the result of problems on your home’s foundation. When your home settles slowly over time, it can cause the flashing to become loose little by little until the damage becomes too big to ignore.
  • Wrinkled Flashing 
    If you notice that your flashing has wrinkles in it, you can be sure that it’s the result of your local climate. The constant temperature swings often cause extreme warping through contraction and expansion of roofing materials. This warps the metal over time and creates a wrinkled effect. With its length shortened, it exposes certain parts of the roofing system to the elements and causes more damage. 

 Addressing Flashing Failure

Damaged flashing, just like any other roofing damage, must be addressed as soon as possible to prevent costly repairs later on in your roof’s lifespan. The best way to do this is through routine inspections and maintenance with a trusted roofer as the pros can determine how badly damaged your roof’s flashing is and address it accordingly. They’ll also take care of any other type of damage to ensure your roof stays effective throughout its lifespan!

If you need a trusted roofing contractor for your upcoming project, hire our team at A1 Roofing & Construction today! Call us at (401) 265-1019, or you can fill out our convenient online form. We serve Providence, Warwick, Bedford and surrounding areas.