Most homeowners don’t really understand what flashing is or why it is important. Flashing plays a crucial role in protecting your home from the outside elements. It is important that you understand what flashing is, where you need it, and why it is important. Paradigm Roofing always wants our clients to be well informed about their roof and the exterior of their home. That way you are sure to make the best-informed choices for your property. Let’s discuss flashing and how it benefits your home.
What Is Flashing?
Flashing is a thin layer of waterproof material that keeps water from seeping into places that it doesn’t belong in your home. Flashing helps to fill in those crevices, cracks, and gaps in your exterior. Flashing should not be confused with caulking which is used for smaller cracks.
What Materials Are Used?
There are many materials on the market that people use for flashing. As long as it is waterproof, many things can be used. Today, most builders use the following for flashing:
- Lead-coated copper
- Galvanized steel
The materials come rolled and can be cut and bent to form to whatever shape it is needed.
Why Is Flashing Important?
Keeping water from seeping into the cracks in your home is incredibly important. Water in deep dark places can cause dangerous mold growth, mildew, and destruction of the inside of your home, wood rot, and more. Flashing helps to prevent the water from permeating the outside layer of your home. If you feel like you have an issue with your flashing, you need to call a professional right away.