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The Roof: Understanding Your Home’s Water Defense System

Posted by Susanna Haynie on March 24, 2016
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As an expert in the field of roofing, John Anderson at Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration knows more than a few tricks of the trades. He’s shared some of the information he’s gained in the following infographic. In this article, we’ll identify some of the major features of your roof that are necessary to prevent leaks and water damage to your home.

Capping Things Off

At the top of John’s graphic, you’ll see the ridge. The ridge of a roof is where two slanted planes meet forming a seam. Depending on how complicated your roof is, it can have more than one ridge. The ridge on a slanted roof needs to be properly capped to prevent water leakage at this seam.

Flashing to Prevent Floods

Next you’ll see the material around the base of the chimney called a flashing. Flashing is usually made of aluminum or some other waterproof material and is used prevent leaks and direct the flow of water off of your roof. Any structural feature that is attached to or protrudes from your roof (such as a chimney or vent) should be surrounded by flashing.

You may also notice that the valley of the roof in the infographic has flashing. This is to direct water off of the roof and into the gutters and prevent it from pooling in the valley, or the low point where two parts of the roof come together.

Speaking of the gutters, even though they may not seem like a part of the roof, gutters are very important. Along with flashings, gutters are channels used to direct water off of your roof and away from your house. If water is not properly directed it will either leak through any weak point in your roof’s structure, pool in low areas of your roof or erode the base of your house and cause your foundation to leak. Failure to maintain your gutters and keep water flowing freely can cause you major house headaches from top to bottom.

Water damage can be unpleasant and costly to repair. By keeping an eye on these parts of your roof, you can reduce the chances that you’ll have to deal with water damage to your home.


In the infographic below, John Anderson of Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration in Loveland CO, helps you easily understand the most important aspects of your roof.


When selling a home, having a roof that is in good working order is crucial. A lender will most likely NOT lend on a house, on which the roof leaks. Avoid problems during your sale (or purchase) by having the roof inspected and certified. Call US to give you more details about the sales and purchase process.


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