Replacing a roof on your home isn’t cheap, and in fact maybe one of the largest expenditures you’ll ever make. The prices of the materials continues to rise, and the labor costs have skyrocketed. There are some smaller projects that the homeowner can do, such as replacing worn out flashing, that will extend the life of the roof, here are some tips you can use.
The Main Concept Of Home Repairs Has Changed
In the era of our grandparents and parents, labor was cheap and many men were willing to get up on a ladder and do their own repairs. Plus, materials were more expensive when compared to labor, so getting up on the roof every year and redoing some repairs with patching tar was considered frugal, but acceptable.
Nowadays the landscape has changed. It’s far better to buy the highest quality, longest lasting materials and have all of the work done at once. That’s because paying a guy to come to your home and climb up the ladder has become so expensive. You’re far better off getting the job done right and not having to pay for the labor again for a decade.
The Flashing Is The First Part Of A Roof To Fail
Assuming the previous roofing job even replaced the flashing, it’s still the first part of most roofing jobs to fail. Because of the change in logic over the years, many people in the past didn’t replace the flashing around the edges, chimneys, roof vents, or other places unless it was worn out.
This philosophy led to homeowners having to have their roofs inspected just a few years later to see if the flashing was wearing out. The new logic is to replace all of the flashing with high-quality materials so that it lasts as long as the roof, maybe 25-35 years. This is better for everyone, the homeowner, roofer, and the home.
Repairing Roof Flashing Isn’t Difficult
If you have a roof that is easily walkable, you can climb up and inspect your own flashing. Check around chimneys, dormers, roof edges, valleys, and vents. Be meticulous, take the time to get close and inspect every inch. Sometimes the flashing has eroded all the way through and needs to be replaced.
In most cases, you can take a pry bar and remove the old flashing and replace it with new in the identical spot. This is the best way. If you have questions on how to proceed, you can do a search on YouTube and watch 5 or 6 videos showing you exactly how. Buy the best quality flashing you can find, there’s no reason not to.
If you’re afraid to climb the ladder, or just would rather not, have a local roofer do it for you. It’s always better to fix roof problems as soon as you realize they’re there since small leaks cause rot in the underlying structure. Even if you have to pay a roofer, it will extend the time before you need to do major repairs. Plus, you’ll have a good contact to call when it does come time to do a complete replacement in the future.