Many people seem to think of a house as just being four walls and a roof. A properly constructed house has a fair amount of intricate details that the naked eye might not catch. There are sound reasons for having slanted roofs and vertical walls. Flashing just so happens to be one of those intricate details of discussion as it prevents water damage. Water is one of the most devastating forces in nature and the average everyday rain fall can be just as destructive to houses.
There are numerous types of flashing to choose from depending on your restorative or renovating needs. When having construction done, your contractor/builder will discuss the best possible solution to effectively get the job done. Depending on your project goals this could include any of the following below:
- Roof Penetration Flashing
- Wall Flashing
- Channel Flashing
- Roof Flashing
- Cap Flashing
- Drip Edge
- Step Flashing
- Chimney Flashing
- And many more
Lead Flashing & It’s Benefits
Lead Flashing is one of the best material that is being used used for flashing. It’s considered to be a (WRB) Weather Resistant Barrier as it prevents and protect the structure of the joint from the passage of water. Lead Flashing is fairly common for roof or chimney repair as it is known as an “apron.” By diverting water away from the joints, it minimizes water penetration, which can lead to structure damage. Water that is stagnant in an area will definitely soak into the structure, which will give the home a nice case of mold.
To this very day, lead flashing is readily available and it’s commonly used in the U.K. and the U.S. This type of flashing tends to work well in temperate types of climate. Lead works great because it’s very strong and it will expand and contract during the hot summer months as well as the cold winter months. In other words, it adapts to the situation and maintains it’s efficiency much better than other types of flashing. For a more thorough breakdown of lead flashing go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/flashing_(weatherproofing).
Since lead flashing is so strong, you would think that it’s too rigid to move about if need be and that is the exact opposite of the truth. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to construction/renovation. Chimneys and roofs come in a wide array of sizes and shapes. Lead’s versatility is far greater than other materials as it can be molded into a number of shapes and sizes. Any type of metal substance is generally a conductor of electricity and since lead flashing is used during chimney/roof services, you’d think that this would cause major problems. On the contrary as lead is a metal; it will not catch on fire, which gives you piece-of-mind during those intense lightening situations.
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