In order to adequately protect your home, your roof needs to be able to withstand constant exposure to the elements. This means that every component has to be in top shape and the entire system free of leaks at all times. A good roofing system will protect your home’s foundation, siding, floors and windows from deterioration due to moisture retention. One of the best ways to preserve your roof’s integrity is to be proactive about maintaining your flashing.
What Is Flashing?
Flashing is the layer of material that is installed on the roof’s edges, valleys and around the base of the chimney. Flashing can be made out of metal or rubber. Metal is popular for its resistance to fire and its durability. There are a number of metal flashing types to choose from such as aluminum, galvanized steel and copper.
How Does It Work
Flashing protects the most vulnerable parts of your roof from water penetration. When it rains, for example, water should simply run off your roof and onto the ground, away from your siding, landscape and foundation. Once moisture starts seeping into your roof, it can cause mold growth, and some roofing components may begin to degrade.
What You Can Do
There are measures you can take to bolster your roof’s defense against water damage. One of the best things to do is to preempt roofing issues. Do not wait for actual damage to appear before taking action. Schedule regular roof inspections and make sure your contractor takes a good look at your flashing as well.
If you need further information about how to take better care of your roof, work with a trusted roofing and siding contractor like Spicer Bros. Construction. We can help keep your roof free of leaks and your home free of damage. We are happy to schedule in-home consultations for residents of Salisbury and Easton, MD, as well as Lewes, DE. You can call us at (410) 822-0952 in Easton, MD, (410) 546-1190 in Salisbury, MD, or (302) 703-6754 in DE.