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When Federal Way roofing professionals bring their materials onto a job site, homeowners will notice both shingles and flashing in large volumes. Although shingles cover most of the rooftop, flashing provides perimeter protection around certain items. From pipes to skylights, the roof isn't just a flat deck surface. Homeowners can take a look at the basics surrounding flashing use to maintain a leak-free household.

If homeowners have ever walked around a hardware store, they may have noticed preformed flashing in aisle bins. Some housing aspects have standard designs, so contractors may pick up these preformed pieces to save time on the job site. Using these flashing pieces reduces labor costs from taking time to create the section in the first place. However, preformed flashing doesn't always fit the installation perfectly.

For a more customized roof installation, flashing is formed right at the home. Contractors take measurements of necessary flashing areas, such as surrounding vents, chimneys and skylights. Professionals also use flashing in valleys to funnel water down to the gutter system. With hammers, anvils and specialized clippers, flashing is quickly transformed into a perfect shape that conforms to the home's architecture.

To maintain its seamless appearance, flashing is usually attached using roof cement. Once the roof cement dries, the flashing is permanently in place without any holes to its exterior.

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If flashing is nailed or stapled to the roof deck, the fasteners create holes and seams. Although these crevices are incredibly small, water can still seep into the spaces. Flashing is meant to ward off water to protect the nearby shingles, so adhering the metal to the deck is the best strategy.

Flashing isn't immune to weathering, so it can decay over long time periods. When homeowners have a frequent roof service schedule, contractors will notice slight decay before it becomes a leak issue. Generally, these decaying pieces are removed and replaced with customized sections. When flashing is merely loose, professionals reform and attach the same piece back into place. Yearly inspections catch all loose flashing problems and shingle issues simultaneously. Roofs could last for more than 20 years with the proper maintenance.

Homeowners may be tempted to quickly fix a flashing section that's sticking up from the rooftop, but they should allow professionals to verify the repair. Although it may appear like a simple hammering job, bent flashing could indicate another issue affecting the roof. Professionals have the background to survey the roof for complete care that sustains its installation for years.

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