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How To Practice Basic Roof Flashing Maintenance

Watch more Home Repair & DIY videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Maintain the protective flashing materials on your roof using these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Check the flashing Check the flashing on your roof each time you clean your rain gutters. Look for loose nails and holes as well as for leaking seals at the edges of the flashing. Step 2: Re-anchor the flashing Re-anchor any loose flashing between roof sections with screws made of the same material. Cover the heads of the screws with roofing cement. Tip If your flashing is aluminum, use aluminum screws; if it is copper, use copper screws; and so on. Using mismatched metals can lead to corrosion. Step 3: Patch small holes Patch any small holes in the flashing. First clean the surface with a stiff brush, then secure a slightly over-sized patch of flashing material over the hole with roofing cement. Finally place another layer of roofing cement over the patch. Step 4: Repair leaking seals Repair leaking flashing seals between roof sections, and around chimneys, vents, and skylights, with roofing cement. Enjoy the security of a tight roof that won't let the water into your home. Did You Know? The roof rat (_Rattus rattus_) was brought to America from the Old World in ships.
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