Flashing 101

Flashing 101

There are a lot of important details for ensuring your roof’s longevity. For example, there are areas of a roof that do not provide enough protection when it comes to hardware and aesthetics like chimneys, pipes, skylights and vents. Enter — flashing; it’s used to ensure these areas are sealed properly and to help prevent rain and other elements from wreaking havoc.

Flashing can be exposed or concealed and there are different types for different situations. Exposed flashing is usually of a sheet metal, such as copper, painted galvanized steel, and stainless steel. Each area of the roof is also completely different. Where the chimney comes through the roof, the roof is completely different than roof intersections. Skylight areas of the roof are different than ventilation pipes. All of these variables factor into what type of flashing should be used.

Sure it is a bit technical and not always convenient trying to determine the best solution, but by understanding the dynamics, doing the research and consulting with a professional, you can extend the life of your roof by years. It beats cutting corners and having a problem fester undetected for so long that a complete re-roof is imminent.

With over 32 years of experience, Pacific West Roofing has seen it all and we are here to help. For more details about flashing visit www.oatey.com. And if you have any flashing questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Pacific West Roofing – we get it done right the first time.

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