Keeping your roof in tip-top shape means making sure it gets regular maintenance and repair. Luckily, the surface of any roof is extremely strong. Still, there are certain places on roofs that are more likely to be damaged.
And because of this, there is flashing. Flashing is sheet metal that protects joints, edges, and breaks in your roof. It’s no surprise that these joints are vulnerable to damage, warping, and flooding when a Central Texas storm hits. Flashing is intended to protect roofs from these problems -- and more.
Flashing has a big job to do, and it can take heavy punishment in spring, fall, and winter.
Knowing that, it’s important to keep an eye on your flashing. Inspect your flashing at least twice a year. Roof flashing repair is a real cost-saver for homeowners – and it doesn’t have to be difficult, either.
The Basics of Roof Flashing Repair for Your Central Texas Roof
In Austin, flashing is usually made of aluminum or galvanized metal. This lets it stand up to plenty of wear and tear. However, it can end up with superficial damage – especially in storms with flying debris. Over time, it loses its shape, inviting leaks. Here are the steps that Longhorn Roofing follows when it comes to flashing repair for our customers' roofs.
There are three major types of flashing:
- Step Flashing: Protects the interface between a wall and a roof from leakage
- Vent Flashing: Supports small ventilation pipes that protrude from the roof
- Chimney Flashing: Ensures a watertight seal around the home’s chimney
For step flashing, the goal is to put new flashing directly over damaged areas. To do this, we use shearers to snip a length of flashing, bend it to a 90-degree angle, then slide it up on the roof. Lastly, we adhere the flashing to the roof using flashing cement.
Vent flashing repair starts with checking your pipe to ensure it’s not the source of your leak. If it is, the pipe needs to be replaced, or a larger collar installed. If the damage is severe, you might need to remove shingles to install new vent flashing.
Chimney flashing is replaced just like step flashing for minor projects. We do this by cleaning out the damage zone with steel wool and using flashing cement to finish the job. We also check the mortar joint to make sure it isn't deteriorating.
Get Started as Soon as You Can
The worst thing you can do is wait. Once you notice there’s an issue with flashing, it’s a race against time – every new weather event could make the situation worse. Even a small leak can lead to mold and mildew.
For fast, convenient flashing repair from the pros, contact Longhorn Roofing today.