Before installing a new roof, the roofing experts at Quality Home Roofing examine all the components of the existing roof, including areas which are particularly prone to leaks and water damage.
Anywhere where the roof joins with walls and chimneys is a potential place for a leak to develop. These are the places where corrosion-resistant metal flashing is applied.
Flashing is a thin metal (usually galvanized steel) which protects these joints which are prone to leaks.
Flashing protects bases of chimneys, skylights, vents and anywhere where there is a hole made in the roof to install a feature. Flashing keeps things sealed while allowing for expansion and contraction with temperature and humidity changes. Installed properly, flashing directs water away from the inside of the structure.
An important area to pay attention to is the area around the chimney where the chimney masonry meets the sloped surface of the roof. Leaking often occurs in the vicinity of the chimney and manifests itself as water stained ceiling areas in upstairs rooms.
If the existing flashing is missing, rusted or covered with sealant which indicates previous leaking issues, new chimney flashing should definitely be installed after the new shingle installation has been completed. Installing new chimney flashing involves precise measuring, cutting and bending of sheet metal to fit it properly and exactly around the perimeter of the chimney.
Types of flashing: step flashing, counter flashing, drip edge (along edge of roof deck), flashings against sidewalls and vertical front walls, flashings around vent pipes and ventilators, flashings around chimneys & valley flashing which protects the valley where two roof planes intersect.
Metal parapet capping and wall cladding is installed to protect a parapet or perimeter wall from water infiltration, to ensure that water does not enter a wall through open coping joints and to reduce the amount of water running down the exterior wall of the building.
The top surface of a parapet wall along the sides of a flat roof must be waterproof and have a good slope to ensure proper drainage, prevent moisture deterioration of the wall and protect from environmental stressors.
Copper & Specialty Metal Work:
Copper is a popular material for metal roofs with difficult shapes.
Quality Home Roofing has the expertise to create custom standing seam copper work for your bay and bow windows, turrets, cupolas, front door roof overhangs, awnings and any other specialized application required.
Soffit, Fascia, Eavestroughs:
A good working water drainage system (soffit, fascia and eavestroughs) is very important for the overall roofing system of a building to function properly.
Upon completion of any roofing work, we ensure that all loose debris is removed from the roof and eavestroughs. We will repair your existing eavestrough if necessary, or ensure that eavestroughs are replaced and installed properly. We will inspect your fascia and soffits and suggest repairs and replacement as necessary.