Flashings create seamless connections between roof sheets and protrusions from the roof. They are crucial to avoiding roof leaks.
Often flashings are used on points where water needs to pass over consistently, such as skylights, chimneys, whirlybirds, air conditioning ducts, parapet walls and other roof penetrations. Because of their joining nature, flashings are often the first place where leaks start.
Replacing flashings can be an involved process. However, if you identify leaks around a flashing, it is important to get them looked at as soon as possible. Similarly to missing screws or gutter issues, leaks around flashings can lead to a number of other problems for your home.
Waiting is not advised when it comes to roof flashings. Having leaks repaired as soon as the need arises will potentially save you a lot of money and other headaches later on. Water that leaks into your home is an invitation to a range of problems such as rotting wood and mould and mildew forming in the walls and ceiling of your home. Acting sooner rather than later will prevent your small, leaking roof problem from becoming a home nightmare.