Your roofing system is specifically designed to withstand almost anything nature can throw at it. Your roof must be resistant to leaks and, for the most part, it probably does this job pretty well.

Roof Flashing 101: A Vital Roof Component

However, there are a few areas where your roof is especially vulnerable to leakage. These are typically at the valleys and intersections where the roof meets the exterior walls, and around protrusions such as chimneys, skylights and vents. Leaks at these points are more likely and the gaps are often strengthened by flashings.

What Is Flashing?

Typically, flashings are made from rust-proof galvanized steel, aluminum or copper, but it’s not uncommon to find roofing felt, plastic and rubberized flashings as well. These strips protect joints, seams, connections and other areas prone to heavy runoff from the rain. You can find flashings bordering almost all the edges of your roof also.

Types of Flashing

There are many different types of flashing, depending on the purpose. As Northern Virginia’s premier roofing contractor, you can be sure Roofing & More will always use the right flashing for the job.

Continuous Flashing

Continuous flashing is perhaps the most common type of flashing on most roofing. It is commonly made from aluminum sheet metal and is installed at the intersection of vertical walls and the roof. You’ll also find step flashing and valley flashing used in these situations.

Drip Edge

Drip edges are specialized flashings placed along rakes and eaves to stop runoff from leaking into the roof.

Chimney, Vent & Skylight Flashing

These fixtures often come with their own flashing nailed and caulked around them to prevent potential leakage. Continuous flashing is often used as an adequate alternative.

Roofing & More, Inc. has been Northern Virginia’s trusted roofing company since 1993, and you can be sure that we will always use the right flashing for your roofing needs. Fill out our contact form here or give us a call at [company_number] to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate. We serve Burke and Alexandria, VA, and all nearby cities.