Posts made in October 2023

Recognizing Flashing Issues: What They Are and Why the Flashing Is Important

Roof installation is a complex task that involves various components working together as a cohesive system. Therefore, engaging professionals to execute the job for us is paramount. Proper roof installation ensures its durability and functionality in protecting you against elements.

One of the essential components of a roofing system is flashing. This article explores the importance of roof flashing and tips for identifying flashing issues.

What’s Roof Flashing?

Roof flashing is vital for shingle, metal, and low or flat-slope roofing systems. Flashing is installed around chimneys, gutters, eaves, and other spots joining two surfaces. This is a crucial component, stopping water from seeping through roof gaps and cracks. 

Unfortunately, a simple mistake during the installation or repair of flashing can cause severe damage to your entire roof. This can result in costly repairs or overall roof replacement. Below are different types of roof flashing:

Visible Damage

Your lead flashing can show visible signs of damage, including holes, cracks, or splits. These are caused by general aging, thermal expansion, contraction, or adverse weather conditions. If you notice a sign of slight damage, it indicates an underlying problem with your flashing system. Hence, you should have it immediately inspected and repaired by a professional roofer. 

Missing or Damaged Shingle

Damaged or missing shingles, especially around the chimney, can also lead to flashing problems. To increase the lifespan of your flashing, ensure proper alignment of your shingles and the flashing. The shingles should also be in good condition.   

Leaks and Dampness

Water leaks or dampness in the house during rainstorms is a significant sign of deteriorated lead flashing. To validate your concerns, inspect the presence of moisture in regions where the flashing has been positioned. 

Rust or Corrosion

You should inspect your flashing regularly for any signs of rust, especially if it’s metal. Rust weakens its integrity, particularly around joints and edges. 

With proper installation and regular maintenance, your flashing will last a long time, regardless of your chosen type. For professional and reliable results, contact Shelby Roofing and Exteriors.

Let Your Home Breathe With Better Roof Ventilation

You may discover ventilation problems with your roof if you inspect the attic. Many people first find out about roof ventilation problems when they assess their energy use. A roof that doesn’t ventilate properly will strain your heating and cooling systems. It may be difficult or impossible to heat or cool the building properly altogether. Your contractor may recommend adding certain types of vents to your building to fix the issue. Proper ventilation will keep your attic reasonably cool and keep the roof from wearing out early due to heat issues. 

Use Multiple Vent Types for Great Results

Your roofing contractor can help you assess the issue completely and develop a long-term strategy. Many buildings utilize a combination of ridge vents and soffit vents to get the best results. Some people add turbines or gable vents as well. Box vents are also a great solution for many buildings. Ridge vents are installed near the top of the roof and are considered some of the best vents for releasing heat. Soffit vents are installed near the bottom edge of the roof and help supply the attic with fresh air. Box vents and gable vents can be used alone or in combination to do the same job for other buildings. Box vents can be matched to your shingles and are placed near the roof. Gable vents will often include a mesh screen and are installed right under the roof gable. 

Shelby Roofing and Exteriors has provided quality contracting services for over 40 years. We help residential and commercial clients in the St. Louis, MO and Southern Illinois areas. Contact us today for help with your building.