Your roof is, quite simply, the crowning glory of any house. It serves to protect everything positioned underneath it from the elements — the harsh glare of the sun, torrential downpours, and rough winds. And aside from keeping the home's inhabitants comfy and secure, it also helps tie together the design features of the rest of the property — you can see it from afar, when the majestic expanse of the roof nicely complements the colours and materials of the walls, windows, doors and other components of the house. But while at first glance you may look up and see just one big roof, you need to know that there are other parts that help make your roof as effective as it is — such as the roof flashing, for example.
If you've never heard of roof flashings before, here is a brief introduction to this essential material and what it does to strengthen and beautify your home.
What is it? Roof flashing refers to metal pieces that serve to divert water from areas on the roof and house where water might collect whenever it rains, such as valleys and hips. They can be made using a wide range of materials: COLORBOND steel, ZINCALUME® steel and copper.
In Australia, though, roof flashings made up of metal strips folded in Colorbond or Zincalume steel are some of the most recommended flashings recommended by builders for their durability and topnotch function. What else does it do? Aside from keeping water away from areas where it shouldn't be pooling, roof flashing also seals and protects roof membrane edges in drains, curbs, vents, window, walls, and penetrations. In places where roofing materials are terminated or interrupted, a roof flashing enables movement.
Where can they be purchased? Builders, renovators and DIYers typically approach conventional building suppliers for their roofing needs, but in this fast-paced day and age where everyone is on the lookout for convenience, it's best to look for your roof flashing needs online. There are reputable online suppliers (such as Metal Roofing Online) that carry every imaginable material you may need; you can simply visit their website to search for the availability and specific details of the items, like quantity, length, and the Colorbond colour of your choice. From your laptop or mobile device, you can easily place orders for the roof flashings you need — or, if you're a true beginner to roofing matters, you can speak to a representative who can help you find the items you need online.