You probably do not discuss the parts of your roof and home’s siding often. You may never have but you need to make sure that your home has all the features it needs to last well and stand up to the elements. One of these needs, gutter flashing, could be the best-kept secret for waterproofing your roof.
Gutter flashing provides a waterproofing tool that diverts water from the roof’s fascia and into the gutter itself. It provides increased gutter efficiency. A thin, rectangular strip with a bend of a 35-degree angle, this type of flashing diverts water that falls from the drip edge into the gutter.
The standard size for gutter flashings is 2 x 3 inches in lengths of 10 feet. Your contractor cuts these to fit your home’s design. If your roof currently exhibits a leakage issue, the contractor can cut flashing to fit it.
This waterproofing tool comes in aluminum and plastic. The aluminum product last longer and performs with greater durability while the plastic option can more easily adapt to a complex system of gutters. The aluminum option costs a little more.
The Importance of Gutter Flashing
Gutter flashing installs just under the roof line inside the gutter. The gutter flashing acts as a block that keeps water from dripping behind the gutter. This also blocks it from seeping into the home’s wall. That prevents damage to the siding, the interior wall studs and the sheetrock that comprises the flat face of your home’s interior walls. Water seeping into the wall can cause mildew, mold, and rot. This creates damage not only to your home but a health hazard to its residents.
Every roof should have two types of flashing – a drip-edge roof flashing and in-gutter flashing. The roofer installs the drip edge flashing across the bottom edge of the roof prior to installing the shingles. Its job is to keep water from getting blown back under the shingles. It also protects the fascia from dripping water and seals the gap between the roof shingles and the gutter.
The addition of flashing in the gutters creates an angle that forces all water directly into the gutter. Whether aluminum or plastic, the bent strip’s wide face block water from wicking back under the shingles or behind the gutters. This protects the roof sheathing and fascia from rotting. It ensures the siding will not get stained.
If your roofer did not already install flashing in the gutters or you’re planning to replace your gutter system, contact a professional contractor. Improperly installed flashing in the gutters can actually create a larger problem.
A trained, professional contractor offers guarantees to their work, too. At American Hill Country Gutters, our Gutter Tune service, which includes drip-edge gutter flashing, carries a 6-year warranty. Find out more about our gutter tune-up services here.