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Attic Water Stains And Leaks: Should You Fix Your Roof's Flashing Now Or Later?

by Robert Larson

If you find multiple water stains and leaks in your attic, you may wonder if it's wise to fix the problems now or wait until later on in the year. However, you don't want to wait until later to address the water stains and leaks in your attic. That's because the problems in your attic could be signs of a much more pressing concern, including damaged roof flashing. Learn more about the stains and leaks in your attic and why fixing your roof's flashing today can keep you out of trouble later.

What's Really Going on With Your Attic?

Shingles aren't the only important fixtures on your roof that can become damaged enough to leak. The metal flashing on your roof is also prone to this problem. Unfortunately, flashing leaks can be extremely difficult to detect on your own.

Flashing covers and protects your roof's most vulnerable structures, including your chimney and skylight. The drip edges, dormer walls, and valleys on your roof also require some type of flashing around them. Flashing keeps moist conditions out of your attic by forming a seal-tight barrier around the structures on your roof. If pieces of your flashing corrode, moisture can invade your attic over time.

Because most of the structures above sit in inaccessible places on your roof, you don't want to attempt any flashing repairs on your own. Instead, call a roofer for further assistance.

Is It Possible To Fix Your Roof?

A roofing service will need to perform an intensive inspection of your roof before they repair your flashing. Even if your shingles look in good condition, damage could still lurk beneath them. If your shingles are the culprits behind your wet attic, a contractor will replace them.

If the flashing around your chimney, dormers, drip edges, and valleys are the behind the leaks in your attic, a roofer will remove and replace the damaged pieces of metal right away. You may want to replace the flashing with something sturdier and more reliable, such as galvanized steel.

Galvanized steel's zinc coating allows it to withstand moisture for long periods of time. Moisture is a leading cause of corrosion in metals. If you live in a location that experiences torrential bouts of rain on a regular basis, you want to use something strong enough to fight off the negative effects of corrosion. 

If you want to repair the various pieces of flashing on your roof soon, it's important to get help. Contact a residential roofing service for more information.