5 Tips for Repairing Roof and Gutter Flashing

Roof top with red shingles.
Roof flashing is essential around areas such as chimneys and skylights.

Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their gutter flashing and roof flashing. There are more important things to consider…that is until the roof starts leaking. At that point, gutter and roof flashing start to play a more prominent role in your life, at least for a while. How can you avoid flashing problems and ensure that your flashing is properly repaired so that you avoid roof leaks?

What Is Roof Flashing and Gutter Flashing?

According to Home Guides, flashing “wraps inside and outside corners and edges to waterproof the roof underneath the shingles and finish roof material.” Flashing goes under the shingles and tiles. This means that when you want to repair or replace it, you generally need to remove the material that is over the flashing, and you need to do this without damaging other parts of the roof.

1. Remove the Flashing Without Damaging the Roof

When you’re repairing your flashing, it’s key to avoid causing more problems with your roof. One problem can cascade into another if you’re not careful. Pry up the materials around the flashing, and use wood to brace it while you access the flashing. You can use a knife or a pair of metal snips to cut through the flashing underneath.

2. Add a Lot of Adhesive

You will normally use either roofing cement or silicone to install your new flashing or patch. The adhesive is there to stick the flashing on an also there to keep water from moving in. No matter what kind of flashing you use, you’ll need a lot of adhesive.

3. Make Sure You Overlap

On your roof, you always want a fail-safe to ensure that if water gets through one layer, it will not get through all of them. Any patch or new flashing that you add should have several inches of overlap with the existing flashing. That way, you reduce the chance of water damage.

Gray house with white trim.
Flashing should protect your roof in all kinds of weather.

4. Replace Your Roofing Tiles

If you need to remove some roofing to access the flashing, remember to add more roofing when you’re done. Since roofing tiles overlap with each other, by removing one tile, you break the pattern in the roof. This is not ideal, but sometimes it must be done to repair the flashing. You will likely need to cement the replacement into place. Check that area regularly to make sure that your patch is working.

5. Act Early

If you notice that your roof flashing is having problems, the best time to act is now. Don’t wait until your roof actually needs more extensive repairs due to leaks. According to Do It Yourself, “doing the repairs yourself when the need first appears will save you a bundle of money, and lots of headaches later on.” Roof leaks aren’t something to take lightly, so avoid rot, mold, and mildew and focus on checking and repairing your roof.

Are you ready to transform your roof and your gutters? At Lednor Home Solutions, we’re ready to embark on this project with you. We have decades of experience working with homes like yours.  Contact us to see how we can help, and schedule a free estimate today.

lednor schedule cta 1

Spring Sale!
18% OFF
+ no money down, no interest, no payments for 1 Year† | Hurry, Offer Ends 4/30/2024
I authorize Lednor Home Solutions to contact me about our products via phone, email, or text. You also understand we use an autodialing phone system, and my consent is not required to obtain a free estimate - I can call 888-543-5638 instead. We will never share your personal information with 3rd parties for marketing purposes or spam you. You can opt out at any time. Message/data rates apply. Consent is not a condition of purchase. Terms | Privacy Policy


1 Million+ Satisfied Customers Nationwide

I recently had the Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet installed on my house. It not only looks amazing, but the guys arrived on time, were professional and efficiently got the job done. I am very satisfied with Gutter Helmet's attention to detail and fulfilling their work as promised. I will definitely tell my neighbors about the Gutter Helmet.
I have had Gutter Helmets for 20 years. In all that time I've never had a problem until recently a bird's nest found its way into one of my gutters. The installer who came to replace the product was the same installer from 20 years earlier. Now that's impressive. Everyone at Gutter Helmet inclusive of the office staff were professional and a pleasure to work with.
Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet just replaced our roof and we could not be more satisfied. The crew showed up early, worked all day and stayed late, were professional and caring regarding the project and the surrounding impact it had on our property and home. They completed the roof quickly and it looks simply amazing!
VERY happy with our entire experience adding Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet to our house. Installing this was a great value for us. The gutters are working perfectly in heavy downpours and with year-long leaves and debris coming down from our river birches. Terrific customer service and a first class product.
We needed our roof repaired due to wind damage. After several quotes, Gutter Helmet was the only company that went into our attic to look and see if more damage had occurred. If it wasn't for them taking the extra time to look at everything, we would have had rotting wood under our new roof. They were very professional and gave a fair quote.
We just had Gutter Helmet installed on our gutters and couldn't be happier. They provided us with useful information about Gutter Helmet and cleaned up everything, leaving no mess behind. We definitely recommend Gutter Helmet to anyone considering this product.

18% OFF

We work hard with each manufacturer to offer our customers the best promotions monthly.

Find a Location

Serving a Location Near You


Join the Lednor Home Solutions Family

We're seeking fun, outgoing, and confident individuals who enjoy winning to join our team. Lednor Home Solutions is an equal opportunity employer and we operate a safety first & drug-free workplace focused on employee safety. Great pay and benefits, apply today!