We think it’s probably fair to say that some of the most essential elements that go into making a home structurally sound are often some of the most overlooked. In fact, it isn’t until the problems start to make themselves known that we often learn about the areas in which our homes are lacking. For example, when it comes to roof flashing, it might not be until you experience your first rainy winter in your new home that you even hear the term.
Unfortunately, by that point, it might be that you’re dealing with a roof in need of repair work as well as a damp house. So, to help ensure you don’t get caught out, here’s what you need to know about roof flashing.
What is it?
Let’s start with the basics – what is roof flashing? In a nutshell, flashing keeps your roof waterproof. It’s placed around areas of the roof’s surface where a protruding feature intersects with your roof, to create an airtight seal. It’s able to expand and contract, depending on the temperature. The seal that it creates ensures that your home’s interior is protected from those adverse British weather conditions.
Where does it go?
When the roof is installed, flashing might be placed around skylights, vents, chimneys or dormer windows – essentially, anywhere there might be a protrusion. The kind of materials used for roof flashing will vary but include zinc sheet, rubber, PVC, metal and plastic – your roofer will be able to determine which is going to be most effective in terms of price and performance.
Why is it so important?
The answer to this one is simple: protection! Without roof flashing, water would seep into your walls, not only creating frustrating problems such as mould and excess moisture, but also potentially causing structural damage to your house. We were called out to repair flashing on a roof in Hampton that was damaged following heavy storms.
So, what can you do to ensure that your home is protected? If you think your roof flashing is in need of maintenance, then make sure that the repair job is undertaken by a trusted name. Equally, if it’s a completely new roof that you’re after then you want to know that the job is going to be completed to a high standard the first time round.
Fortunately, whatever your roof flashing needs might be, South Thames Roofing will be able to help. We boast a five-star rating on our Checkatrade profile and our highly qualified team of roofers are known throughout Surrey, South London and the surrounding areas as trusted professionals. To find out more about what we can do for you, get in touch.