Helpful tips and advice for home maintenance from your roof to your porch.
Winter in the greater Washington DC area can be extremely hard on your roof with the build up of snow, ice dams, high winds, the freeze/thaw cycle, the potential for damage is imminent this time of the year. Boyd Construction Co Inc helps homeowners recognize when you should seek flashing leak repair for your Washington DC home.
While roof leaks can start anywhere, some spots are more apt to get a leak than others. On sloped roofs, leaks often occur along flashing sections—where metal flashing is installed to safeguard roof corners, ridges and edges.
Common Winter Roofing Problems: Flashing Leak
Roof flashings are the aluminum pieces used to protect roofing edges. Roof flashing is found around the perimeter of your roof, and is also found around roof vents, roof piping, and chimneys.
If flashing is not properly installed, or if it is blown loose during high winds or storms, it may pull away from the shingles or underlayment. As it pulls away, it exposes your roof’s underlying structure leading to leaks and structural damage.
Additionally, flashing may simply corrode or become loose over time so inspecting it regularly is critical.
Flashing Leak: From Inspection to Repair
The importance of a roofing inspection of your roofing system during this time of year is underrated. If you find a section of flashing that looks questionable, it’s better to replace it now rather than keeping your fingers crossed through the winter months. Flashing is inexpensive to replace, particularly when compared to the costs of repairing a roof damaged by a roof leak.
When performing an assessment, your Washington DC roofing inspector. will check to see if the flashing is corroded or damaged in any way. Also, they will make sure it isn’t bent and that it’s directing or channeling water away from the roof.
If repairs are in order, new flashing will most likely have to be installed as repairs might be not enough. The flashing should cover a minimum of three inches of the shingles it protects. If the roof flashing is up against bricks and mortar, it needs to extend into the mortar a minimum of one inch. Your Washington DC roofing repair contractor, like the the flat roof specialist Boyd Construction Co Inc, will determine the appropriate length & lay the new flashing into place securing it with roofing nails.
For Peace of Mind, Hire a Local Washington DC Roofer!
You can handle flashing replacement on your own but your best bet is to have your roof – and flashing – inspected by a skilled roofing contractor experienced in uncovering those not-so-obvious problems.
If you don’t have the time or experience to examine your roof, contact Boyd Construction Co Inc, your local Washington DC roofing contractor. We’re a family-owned and operated roofing company with over 80 years of experience. Our work is always guaranteed, and we’re fully licensed and insured to handle all types of Washington DC roofing repairs.
We are proud to be the leading roofing contractor serving the greater Washington DC area.
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Boyd Construction Co
Family owned and operated in the greater Washington DC area since 1932.