The main purpose of a roof is to protect your house against harsh weather elements like snow, rain, and excess sunlight. However, tiles and shingles alone won’t cut it if they’re not complemented by gutters and flashings; the latter of which is a necessity for houses with chimneys, dormers, roof decorations, and the like. According to Frank Ross, a certified home inspector from Utah, your roof’s overall effectiveness also depends on choosing the right type of flashing for your home:
The most common locations for roof flashing are at valleys, chimneys, roof penetrations, eaves, rakes, skylights, ridges and at roof-to-wall intersections. Each of these different situations requires a different shape or type of flashing. A few examples are step flashing, kick-out flashing, gutter apron flashing, valley flashing, vent pipe flashing and drip edge.
As one of the premier Sacramento roofing companies, Yancey Home Improvements takes this consideration to heart; believing that everything on your roof should be done perfectly. One slip-up can land you a host of headaches like water infiltration (leading to property damage) and inefficient home insulation (leading to higher energy costs). The former is especially important because Sacramento is also visited by thunderstorms from time to time, like the one that passed by the city in late November.
The effectiveness of flashings is based on the materials they’re made from. Many are created using PVC, which is affordable and versatile, but they pale in comparison to the more-expensive copper and stainless steel flashings. While cost is a major factor, the roof features that you have is also another factor because they determine the nature and quantity of the flashings you need to install.
For example, dormer flashings made from copper are more expensive than skylight flashings made from the same material because the former involves installing additional siding materials, depending on the size and length of the dormer. The more dormers you have, the more of these step flashings you’ll need. The flashings have to be done carefully to prevent any air and water leaks from your dormers’ windows.
Unfortunately, not all roofing companies from Sacramento, CA know this fact, which is why you should do whatever it takes to work with the best ones. You wouldn’t worry if you work with Yancey Home Improvements, however; not only because of their high-quality workmanship, but also because of the warranties they can give you for any roofing or flashing job.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Roof flashing key to keeping water out, TheSpectrum.com, November 22, 2013)