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  • Flashing Leak Repair

    flashing leak repairFlashing refers to thin pieces of impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint. Today that is generally a metal “guard” that is added around chimneys, dormers & skylights. Counter-flashing is when there are two, parallel pieces of flashing used together such as on a chimney where counter-flashing is built into a chimney and overlaps a replaceable piece of base flashing. Strips of lead used for flashing an edge were sometimes called an apron,the term still used for the piece of flashing below a chimney. (description courtesy of Wikipedia including image)

    One common issue that often has to be addressed on roof maintenance is roof flashing repair or replacement. Most flashing is composed of aluminum or galvanized metal. This means that roof flashing repair is typically one of the least expensive repairs to have done.

    If your roof is at the point where you need to repair or replace flashing, you first want to identify what pieces need to be repaired or replaced: step flashing, vent flashing or chimney flashing.

    There are some things you want to avoid doing. The first is to do nothing. Waiting will only increase the cost of the repair bill. If you take care of the problem while it’s small, then your cost will be minimal. You don’t want to repair your entire roof. The longer you wait – the more damage will need to be repaired. But having the work done when the need first appears will save you a bundle of money and lots of headaches later on. Water that leaks into your home is an invitation to many other problems. It can lead to rotted wood, and molds and mildew forming in the walls and ceilings of your home. Before your small leaking roof problem turns into a home nightmare, get it repaired.


     

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