Understanding The Fundamentals of Metal Roof Flashing

Here at Kozy Kollar, we are often asked fundamental questions. Because of this, we’ve come to realize that many people don’t fully understand roof flashing, its function, or the importance of metal roof flashing. However, there’s no need to panic; our team of experts is here to help! We’ve compiled a list of the top, and most frequently asked questions. We hope you find this article helpful.

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What is roof flashing?

The roof serves one major purpose to the home, to protect it from Nature’s elements. One of the most difficult of these elements to control is water. Made of metal, roof flashing serves as a barrier between your home and water penetration. As a line of defense against water seeping into the home, roof flashing plays an imperative roll in the integrity of your home’s structure, as well as the health of your family.

Any time water enters the home; you’re subjecting yourself and your family to the potential hazards of mold and mildew growth. If you’re not familiar with the health risks associated with these fungi, click here to learn more.

Furthermore, with water penetration, you could be facing costly home repairs if the leak goes unnoticed. Whether the water travels through the walls and seeps into the home at window openings, or sits comfortably in your attic, water belongs outdoors. Sitting water can cause structural damage from the roof to the foundation if not adequately treated.

 

Where are the most common places to apply metal roof flashing?

Roof flashing is a material placed over the joints in a roof. When installed correctly, the flashing will redirect water onto the conventional roofing materials which will then direct the water back to the ground. A few of the most common locations for flashing installation are around the chimney, plumbing and fan vents, dormers, and skylights.

 

Are there areas that are more problematic than others?

As with most home materials, roof flashing requires routine checks to be sure it has not been compromised. With exposure to high winds, ice, and excessive heat, flashing can loosen and become prone to failure. Furthermore, if your material hasn’t been properly prepared, it could be prone to rust. Metal flashing should always have a special primer applied with several coats to eliminate the possibility of rust.

 

Can I install roof flashing on my own?

Here at Kozy Kollar, we have created the only roof flashing that you can install from the inside of your home, or over shingles. Because of our unique design, the ease of installation allows homeowners to safely complete the installation of flashing without the cost of a contractor, or fear of falling from the roof.

 

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For more information on metal roof flashing and the installation process, click here. If you still have questions, feel free to give us a call at 603.598.1192.