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Types And Installations Of Flashing

Jun 18

Utah homeowners need to be aware of the importance and benefits of roof flashing. Roof flashing, a thin strip of metal or plastic, is used to cover roof protrusions (e.g skylights), vents and chimneys.

It is designed to keep water from leaking behind protrusions into the insulation and damage the roof decking. Without proper roof flashing your home could be vulnerable to water damage.

What are the Roof FlashingUtah Minimum Requirements

Utah's International Residential Code (IRC), establishes minimum requirements for roof Flashing. IRC mandates that all roofs should have at least two layers of protection against water entry: an underlayment or flashing.

The underlayment is an additional layer of material installed between the shingles and roof decking. It acts as an obstacle to keep water from entering through the gaps in roof decking.

Flashing is used to cover the roof's protrusions and underlayment. It is used to direct water away and stop it from seeping under the protective layers.

Why is Roof Flashing Important?

Roof flashing, although one of the most critical components of a roofing roof system, is often neglected. Flashing is vital to the performance and protection of your roof.

Water infiltration may lead to many problems.

  • Roof decking becomes rotted and begins to deteriorate
  • Mildew and mold growth
  • Home interior damage

High winds or severe weather conditions can make it especially important to ensure that your roof flashing remains in good condition. High winds can damage flashings and cause debris to fly, which can lead to water penetration.

The Things You Should Look For When Inspecting Roof Flashing

It is a good idea, especially after severe weather, to inspect your roof flashings on a periodic basis. These are the things you should be looking for:

  • Cracks or breaks during flashing
  • Missing or loose nails
  • Corrosion

You should immediately have these problems fixed if you see them. You could be liable for serious and costly damages to your home if you ignore roof flashing problems.

Types And Installations Of Flashing

There are many options for roof flashing. It all depends on what type of roof you have. These are some of the most commonly used types of roof flashing.

Step Flashing- This type of roof flashing has become the most widely used. It is installed along walls and seals any gaps between the roof & wall.

Chimney Cricket flashing - This flashing can be installed behind chimneys in order to stop water leaking into your house.

Valley Flashing- Valley flashing is a method that seals any valleys on your roof to prevent water damage.

Repairing Or Replacement

You should have damaged roof flashing replaced or repaired immediately. Damaged roof flashing could lead to water damage or other serious issues.

Professional roofing contractors are the best people to contact if your roof flashing needs are unclear. They will be able assist you with any roofing issues, and they will make sure your roof is in good shape.


Riverfront Roofing is skilled in all types roof repairs, including roof flashing. We will consult with you to find the right course of action for you, and make sure your roof is properly protected.

Phone: +18019417350