What Are The Different Types of Roof Flashing?

Roof flashing is an essential part of the roofing process. It protects your home against leaks and prevents water damage. The type of flashing that you choose will depend on the area of your roof that requires flashings, as well as any other considerations such as wind load or slope.

Roofing Company in San Jose knows that roof flashing is a metal or plastic piece that protects the roof from water damage. It protects you against rot and mildew. Roof flashing can be installed in areas where the roof meets walls, chimney and skylights.

What Areas of Your Roof Require Flashing?

You should flash the following areas:

● Junction between a roof and wall.
● Junction between a roof and chimney.
● Any area where pipes or wires enter your roof.

There are many different types of roofing and flashing systems, including:

Base Flashing

Base flashing is used to protect the roof decking from moisture that may be trapped behind it. Base flashing is usually made of metal or plastic and installed at the bottom of a roof, covering any gaps between your shingles and their base material.

Counter Flashing

You may have heard about counter flashing, but what is it? Counter flashing is a type of roofing application that uses a special strip (or strips) to cover the edges of your roof. The purpose of counter flashing is to prevent water from entering your home by keeping it dry and preventing any damage from occurring to the shingles or other materials under the new coating.

Continuous Flashing

Continuous flashing is used to prevent water penetration at the juncture of two roof planes. It can be made of metal or plastic, and it’s installed with a hot asphalt or hot tar. The continuous flashing may be attached to your existing skylight with screws, nails or adhesive tape (but this method will typically result in an unsightly appearance).

Valley Flashing

Valley flashing is used to prevent water from entering the valley. It’s a metal or plastic piece that covers the joint between two roofing materials, running along both sides of the building. Valley flashing can be installed at the top of a valley and extends down its sides to meet with other valleys on either side.

Kickout Flashing

Kickout flashing is used to prevent water from entering the roof cavity and damaging the building.
It is installed at the junction of the roof and a wall or parapet.It is used to prevent water from entering the roof cavity, thus minimizing damage to your property.

Skylight Flashing

Skylights are a big source of leaks, and they can be installed in the roof or in the ceiling. The most common method of installing skylight flashing is to use flashing, which consists of a metal gutter and trim piece that attaches to your roof. You can also install these skylights without using any type of flashing material by using screws or nails to attach them directly on top of your roofline.

Drip Edge Flashing

Drip edge flashing is a type of flashing that is installed to prevent water from leaking under the roof. It can be installed on any type of roof, including flat roofs, pitched roofs and shingled or slate roofs. The most common types of drip edge flashings include T-flashing and U-flashing.Your roof should be flashing replaced every few years, or when it is damaged or corroded. If a new roof is installed on your house, the old flashing should be removed and replaced with the new material.

Mariano Renteria

Author Mariano Renteria

Mariano is more than just the owner of Falcon Roofing—he’s the heart of our company. His commitment to our customers, employees, and community sets the tone for everything we do. He is a night owl who enjoys ocean fishing, spending time with his family, and the occasional slice of apple pie. He organizes yearly trips for all their workers, emphasizing the importance of team building and camaraderie.

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