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When is it Worth Getting Roof Flashing?

Worth Getting RoofFlashing is used in roofing to ensure that the structure remains waterproof, even when there is a joint in place. This is achieved by inserting thin pieces of watertight material into the joints to stop water entering. The same technique can be used to ensure that elements such as chimneys, vents or roof windows do not become the weak point in a structure.

Of course, all buildings will be subject to the effects of the weather, so ensuring that the roof structure is watertight is essential. Whether you have a building that has started to ship water in through the roof, are considering carrying out loft extension work or any other work which involves your roof, flashing should be high on your list of priorities.

Buildings by the coast

Given the overwhelming positives to be encountered when you live near the sea, including fresh air, great views and open space, there are also some problems you are bound to encounter due to the quantities of salt in the air. In addition to the salty air, the fact that coastal properties are more likely to take a battering from the wind than those further inland means that they are more likely to suffer from the effects of weathering.

With these facts in mind, if a leaky roof begins to present itself, ensuring that your metal flashings are not corroded would be a good first step. Talking to a local roofing specialist for some roof flashing information is likely to uncover the extent of your problems and the best course to remedy it.

Older buildings

Of course, it should stand to reason that older properties are more likely to suffer from the effects of weathering than new properties due to the sheer amount of time over which they have been subject to the weather! It’s little wonder that a feature of travelling around villages is seeing churches appealing for funds to fix their roofs, if they’ve been standing for so long.

Even though flashings made from materials such as lead which were used in the past are rated to last far longer than their modern equivalents, they are still expected to fail at some point. If your Victorian property has an original roof, there could come a time when the flashings begin to suffer from the effect of a century of use.

Buildings which have been extended

Whether you have built a loft extension and needed to install a roof window, or added a brand new extension to your property, it is vital to ensure all joints are protected adequately through use of flashings. The joints around the roof window or between the old building and new roof are likely to be the weak points in terms of letting in water, so installation of the appropriate flashing materials is absolutely essential.

If you are in need of roof flashing information, then be sure to get in touch with the people at Foregale, where their extensive experience in dealing with roofing materials is bound to point you in the correct direction.