Shingle Roof Repair – Flashing Seams Separating
Flashing seams must be overlapped correctly and an adequate amount of sealant placed in between the overlap area to ensure proper waterproofing at the ell flashing transition area. Ell flashing seams were separating here and in need of additional sealant. The correct way to repair this area is to replace the flashing with new. That is the only way to ensure the flashing detail area will not leak.
If your roof is getting up there in age, chances are you are going to start to see issues that need repairs. The flashing is an area that can separate and cause leaks to occur. Flashing is a material, usually made of metal or steel, that goes over joints on a roof. Those joints might be as one roof joins another, around a chimney, and in other locations. If the flashing separates from the roof, water can seep into the home or, at the very least, onto other parts of the roof. Once water is present, there can be leaks outside, mold growth under shingles, or rot to the wood on the roof.
Watch for Flashing Issues
While you shouldn’t get up on your roof and crawl around to check things, you can see most flashing spots from the ground. You could even get out a pair of binoculars so you can see it closer and inspect how it connects to the home. You will be able to notice if the metal is pulling out of place and that’s when you need to call for help because this is a part of the roof that is more prone to leaks in the first place.
What your roofer will do to repair the separated flashing depends on the condition of the flashing and the surrounding materials. If the flashing has just recently separated, it and the items around it might be okay and the flashing could possibly be fascinated back into position. If the flashing is older, quite separated, and even rusting, it will need to be removed and replaced with new flashing. If the situation has been around long enough, there may be damage to the roof around the separation. In those cases, you might be in for a partial or complete roof replacement.
Call A Roofing Professional
If you notice even a little separation in your flashing, it’s best to get professionals on the phone as soon as possible. Call Bill West Roofing for a free roof assessment to see if you need repairs on your flashing. It’s better to be safe than sorry as a separated flashing can cause horrendous leaks and damage down the road. Small repairs now might save you a lot of money later. Bill West Roofing will take a look and give you a detailed description of what needs work.