Almost every commercial roof we service at S & S Roofing uses roof flashing to prevent water damage in the roof materials. Like most parts of your commercial roof, the flashing needs to be in excellent condition in order to protect your roof. At S & S Roofing, we understand the importance of roof flashing and will work with you to make sure it’s up to snuff every time we inspect your building.
What is Flashing
Roof flashing is a metal strip that is used to cover any seams between the roofing material and a wall, air vent, or other protrusion. Roof flashing helps water run off of the protrusion and directs it away from the seam, keeping your sub-roofing materials dry and safe from water damage.
Damaged Flashing Leads to Leaks
At any vent hole, wall, curb, or skylight, your roof is vulnerable to water damage. While properly installed and maintained roof flashing will greatly help protect your roof from developing leaks, damaged flashing should raise a number of red flags. Once the seal covering the seams is damaged, water can easily seep in and collect in the layers of your roof. While a small amount of water intrusion won’t result in immediate catastrophic damage, it may lead to mold, mildew, and wood rot if left unchecked.
Signs of Damaged Flashing
- Cracked sealant around the edge of the flashing
- Warping in the metal
- Rust and corrosion
- Missing materials
If you’re doing a cursory inspection of your roof prior to calling the commercial roof repair experts at S & S Roofing, pay attention to the state of your roof flashing. If you notice any signs of damage, contact us immediately! We’ll fix your roof on your schedule.