Whenever a roof is replaced or an addition is built onto a home, there is the need for flashing. Flashing is defined as ‘strip metal used to prevent water penetration at a roof junction.’ When not properly installed, however, flashing will accomplish nothing and water can be allowed to eat away at the wooden structure beneath.
Furthermore, improper use of flashing can be a very costly mistake. If you do not feel confident in your ability to manage the project yourself, there are plenty of Garland roofing companies that are willing to take on the job. It can be worth the extra expense up front to prevent the need for very expensive Plano roof repair down the road. If, though, you are confident in your abilities, then the following guidelines can help to ensure that you perform this part of the roofing process correctly.
Measuring You will need an accurate tape measure for this step of the process and you might also want a friend who is willing to climb the peaked surface with you to ensure the proper measurement. Of course, before making any cut, you will want to know exactly what is need to cover the intended seam. It is very wise when buying the flashing material – whether it is aluminum, copper, or some other galvanized metal – that you overestimate your needs. In this way, you are covered should you make an accidental cut.
Preparation The surface that you lay flashing on should be devoid of water damage, buckling, cracking, or warping. The metal will only be an effective water barrier if it lies flat against the surface. Even the smallest gap could allow entry for water, which will undo the advantages of finding affordable Dallas roofing. Flashing should be laid before any other roofing material. Thus, before you lay the flashing, you will want to remove all roofing materials down to the planking. Similarly, if the flashing is being laid against an outer wall of the home, you will have to remove siding in that area.
Cutting It is essential, in this step, to act carefully. A wrong cut can be costly in both the time- and financial sense. Be sure that you are snipping at the appropriate length and make necessary bends at the middle of the sheet metal. If the flashing is being laid to join two roofs, be sure that it is exactly centered over the seam.
Stapling This will require a heavy duty staple gun. Be sure to hold the flashing securely in place while placing the staples. Staples should fall one inch from the out edges of the flashing, on both sides. Once the metal is securely in place and not likely to fall loose, it is possible to start laying shingles (and replacing siding).
If you follow these steps, you should have a great deal of success in your Garland, Texas, roofing project. However, if you find that the challenge is too great, it is wise to consider hiring the pros to handle it for you. The outcome will likely be far more favorable.