Critical: Replace Wall Flashings when Roofing

When embarking on a roofing project, the details matter just as much as the broad strokes. Among these, wall flashing stands out as a critical component, especially with asphalt shingle roofs. Wall flashing is not just an add-on; it’s an essential part of ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of your roof. But why is it so important, and what should homeowners know about it?

Understanding Wall Flashing

Wall flashing is a material—usually metal—used to direct water away from critical areas of your roof, where the roof meets a vertical surface like a wall or chimney. Its primary role is to prevent water from seeping behind the siding or into the structure of your home, which can lead to significant damage.

The Perils of Reusing Flashing

During a roof replacement, it might seem economical to reuse existing flashing. However, this approach is fraught with risks. Flashing can easily be damaged, bent, or displaced during tear-off. Even if it looks intact, its effectiveness may be compromised, leaving your home vulnerable to leaks and water damage.

The Challenge of Replacement

One of the hurdles in replacing flashing comes from the construction process itself. Roofs are often installed before siding, meaning that to replace flashing correctly, the siding may need to be removed, cut, or modified. This task is labor-intensive and, by extension, expensive. Yet, despite the cost, the investment in new flashing is critical. Most leaks occur not because of product failure but due to improperly installed flashing.

The Role of Certified Contractors

Manufacturer Certified contractors, such as GAF’s Master Elite Contractors, play a pivotal role in ensuring the integrity of your roof’s installation, including the crucial replacement of wall flashing. GAF’s warranty requirements specifically mandate that these certified contractors replace flashing to uphold the highest standards of roof performance and durability. This adherence to stringent installation practices is crucial for the protection and longevity of your roof.

The Bottom Line

Flashing details are often where most leaks occur, emphasizing the need for meticulous attention to this aspect of roofing. When considering a new roof, it’s vital to discuss flashing replacement with your installer. Ensure that the contract specifies the replacement of flashing, rather than ambiguous terms like “replace as needed,” which can leave room for compromise.

Call to Action

Before you sign on the dotted line for your new roof, ask your roofing installer about their approach to flashing. Make sure that the replacement of flashing is clearly stated in your contract to avoid any ambiguity. Your home is your sanctuary, and every detail of its protection counts. With the right attention to flashing, you can rest assured that your roof will serve its purpose effectively, safeguarding your home from water damage for years to come.

Opting for a GAF Master Elite contractor ensures that you’re engaging with professionals who not only grasp the significance of every detail but are also committed to adhering to the highest industry standards for flashing replacement. Protect your home by making an informed choice—your roof, and your peace of mind, depend on it.

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