Every roof has flashing, some more than others. Flashing is the material that keeps water that falls on your roof from coming into your home and causing water damage. You can find flashing around your chimney, vents, skylights, dormers, and in the valleys of your roof. If your flashing is deteriorating or was never installed properly, you will have a roof leak.


In a recent service call, the homeowner complained of a roof leak and needed not only a roof repair but also water damage restoration. Upon inspection, we determined that his skylight was installed improperly. A skylight needs flashing around it. Because the installer simply used a duct tape like material, it eventually began to leak. As both a licensed Roanoke roofing company and restoration company, we were able to perform the roof repair by installing flashing and fix the water damage.

How Flashing Protects Your Home

When installed properly, the job of roof flashing is to direct the flow of water around roof protrusions and openings. When you have a roof replacement, your flashing should be replaced as well. New flashing around dormers, chimneys, vents, skylights and any other roof protrusion will guide the water down your roof into your gutters. The most common flashing material today is sheet metal like aluminum. Aluminum flashing is rust resistant, durable, and a good Roanoke roofing company knows how to bend it for a water tight installation.

Many of the roof repair calls we receive are due to failing flashing. Sometimes this is because unlicensed handymen used caulk, duct tape, or other non-roof rated materials to fix a problem. Other times the existing flashing failed due to age. Annual roof inspections prevent small issues, like old flashing, from becoming a big roof leak which may lead to a major restoration project.

If you haven’t had your roof inspected in the past year or notice a roof leak, call a licensed Roanoke roofing company like Abracadabra Restoration Specialists. We can inspect  your roof and make necessary roof repairs. If your leak caused water damage inside your home, we are also a local restoration company. Let us be the one company you call for all your restoration and roofing needs throughout the Roanoke Valley. Fill out our easy to use contact form or call 540-977-0045.