If you’re planning to get a roof replacement, you probably hear terms you aren’t familiar with. One of those is roof flashing, and it’s an important roofing material that every roof needs.

However, not many homeowners know what it is or what purpose it serves.

Here are some common questions we get about the purpose, replacement, and maintenance of flashing. 

What is roof flashing?

Roof flashing is typically aluminum or galvanized steel used over roof joints and wall construction. 

Depending on your house design, you probably see it around chimneys and pipes, dormer windows, vents, skylights, and roof valleys.

What does it do?

The primary function of flashing is to redirect water from the house. It performs three important functions.

  • It protects critical areas 
  • Drives water away
  • Guides water into gutters

Because of roof angles and design, some areas are more vulnerable to water accumulation and leaks than others. Roof flashing redirects water to gutters to prevent water accumulation in vulnerable areas. 

How will I know when to replace the flashing? 

It’s good for homeowners to understand what healthy roof flashing looks like. And because it’s made of steel, it’s not difficult to spot flashing damage with a routine inspection. Here’s what to look for

Dents. If you notice visible dents or indentations in the metal, it’s time to replace it.

Holes. Holes can develop when the flashing is struck by hail, wind, or other debris.

Leaks. Leaking inside the house through your ceiling or in a corner is a major tell-tale sign of a roofing problem.  

Corrosion or rust. Obvious signs of rusting or corrosion may indicate the flashing is on its last legs and no longer has the integrity to protect your roof. 

Water Pooling. Water pooling around roof areas means it’s time to replace the flashing.  

Is it replaced with a roof installation?

No. Flashing isn’t automatically replaced with a new roof installation. Talk to your roofing company about replacing the flashing with the new roof and inspect to ensure they are installed properly. 

Is replacing roof flashing an expensive repair? 

Every case is different. For that reason, it can be difficult to gauge repair or replacement costs. A roofer might quote an hourly rate or a flat fee. 

Generally, you might expect to pay anywhere from $16 to $26 per linear foot. And this can vary greatly depending on the material and roof size. 

The best thing you can do for your home is ensuring proper installation to protect your home and roof. 

Can I fix the roof flashing myself?

DIY roof repair is tempting for homeowners, but the stakes are high when it comes to your roof. 

Roof flashing is an important piece of the roofing structure to protect your home. When done incorrectly, it can lead to roof damage and cost you more in the long run. 

DIY roofing can lead to injuries and even fatalities. Don’t risk it. Let the pros handle your roofing needs. 

How do I maintain my home’s flashing?

The best way to maintain roof flashing is to have a routine roof inspection or invest in a roof tune-up plan with a local roofing company. 

Get Roofing Services You Can Trust

Perry Roofing Company has been serving Northwest Arkansas for many years. We offer outstanding value to property owners, property management companies, builders, real estate companies, and commercial property owners. 

You’ll receive the most professional installation and service with our team, ensuring lasting protection. You can count on our reliable and quality workmanship. 

If you need roof repair or roof replacement, contact Perry Roofing Company. 479.306.4327