3 Tips To Help You Deal With Different Leak Problems With Flashing On Your Roof
One of the areas of your roof that is most likely start leaking is the roof flashing. There are many different types of flashing, boots, and other barriers that keep water out of your home. These materials are usually metal, plastic, and rubber materials that will eventually wear and need maintenance repairs. Here are a few tips to help deal with problems with leaking flashing on your roof:
1. Step Flashing on The Roof and Problems with Leaks and Missing Pieces
The use of step flashing is common on roofs with brick features, such as fireplaces or upper-floor walls on homes that are all brick. Step flashing is made of small metal pieces that overlap each other like shingles. These materials can eventually work loose or have problems with leaks around the edges. If the top of pieces of flashing is exposed, cover the flashing with roofing tar to seal any leaks. Sometimes, there may be pieces that slide loose; replace them and seal around the edges to ensure they do not move.
2. Metal Flashing Materials That Wear and Need to Be Repaired or Replaced
In areas like valleys on roofs and upper-floor walls, conventional metal flashing that comes in metal rolls is used. These flashing materials are usually a galvanized tin material, which can wear out over time. As the flashing wears out, it becomes thinner and is subject to leaks and tears. In some cases, the flashing may even corrode and develop leaks. When you have metal flashing that is worn and leaking, the best solution to solve the problem is to have it completely replaced, which will ensure that the leaks do not resurface.
3. Rubber and Plastic Materials That Get Punctured or Wear Out and Crack
Rubber and plastic materials are another problem that you may have to deal with, which can be found in areas like flashing, as well as the boots around mechanical installations. Rubber is a good alternative to metal, but it can be easily punctured. The good news is that rubber is easy to seal when you only have small punctures or tears that need to be fixed. Plastic and rubber boots can also wear out and will need to be replaced or repaired when you have roof leaks around them.
These are a few tips to help you deal with leaking flashing on your roof; contact a roofing contractor at a company like David Saner Roofing to help with some of the more serious leaks and damage to your roofing.