Damaged flashing can cause serious leaking problems in your
home. There are two types of flashing that are used on a roof. Roll
flashing and Step flashing. These flashings protect against water
infiltration along walls, around chimney's, skylights and fascia.
- Improperly Installed Flashing:
Flashing that has been improperly installed causes most roof problems.
Flashing can slip out of place and cause gaps that allow water
to enter. Flashing sheds water away from areas that collect a
lot of it. If not properly installed, water will find it's way
behind or under the flashing - behind or under your shingles and
eventually into your home.
- Drying And Cracking: Many
flashed areas require flashing cement or tar. Exposure to sun
and exterior elements can cause these materials to dry-out and
crack. This drying and cracking causes gaps that allow water to
- Dented Or Improper Nailing:
If flashing is nailed into your roof decking... It Is Going To
Leak! Flashing should never be nailed through the shingle into
the roof decking. Flashing should be "pinched," or nailed
into the side wall of the home. Around chimneys it should be cemented
into the mortar joints.
- Settling Of The Structure:
After a new home has been built it will most definitely settle.
Settling can cause flashing to become disengaged from its original
position. If it moves, cracks or breaks do to settling water can
If you have flashing damage do not play around. It is
best to remove the flashing and replace with new. Flashing works
with your shingles to shed water. Proper repair will require removing
the shingles and flashing around the infected area. Also inspect
whether plywood or other structural damage needs replacing. Then
install new shingles and flashing according to the manufacturer's
For a more permanent solution, re-roof with Owens Corning Shingles.
They are specifically designed to withstand North and south Carolina
moisture conditions for extended periods of time and are backed
by our strongest product warranties* available to homeowners.
For the average homeowner this process can be difficult and dangerous
to do on their own. Patton General Contracting* is a certified installer
of Owens Corning roof products as well as RoofLock - a product designed
to clean and protect your roof from this type of issue. Visit
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