MAKE SURE YOUR FLASHING IS SECURE
Check your flashing and make sure there are no gaps or open seems.
If your flashing doesn’t seem tightly sealed in some areas, you will need to use caulking or roofing cement to re-secure.
RE-CAULK AND FIX GAPS
In order to re-seal flashing, you’ll need to carefully remove any existing shingles, and then chip away old caulking with a putty knife.
It’s a good idea to clean the material you’re working with so it will seal properly to the new cement.
Apply roofing cement or caulking compound generously on the flashing and re-seal.
Once you are satisfied that the seal is secure, replace your shingles (as long as they aren’t also damaged) over the flashing.
FIX EXISTING HOLES
If you have holes in your flashing that don’t seem to compromise the integrity of the rest of the material, you can fill them rather than replacing the whole piece.
Start by cleaning the area you’re working on, and then roughing the area around the hole up with a bit of sandpaper.
This will help your roofing cement better adhere to the damaged area.
Cut a patch a little larger than the hole out of the same material as your flashing. Next, cover the hole with a liberal amount of roofing cement.
Apply your patch over the roofing cement. Make sure there are no gaps between the patch and the flashing – and don’t be afraid to add more cement if needed.
GET AN ANNUAL INSPECTION FROM AN EXPERT
One of the best ways you can ensure the integrity of your roof – and your home – in this rainy season is by hiring a professional roofing company to give your home a thorough inspection every year.
These experts will be able to head off any potential problems before they get out of hand, and you will rest easy knowing that your house will be safe and dry all winter long.