Nobody looks forward to the idea of replacing their roof, yet it's one of those things that has to happen sooner or later. Unfortunately, since they only have to deal with this once or twice in their life, many people don't understand all of the things that should be addressed when replacing a roof. If your roof needs to overhauled soon, read on. This article will discuss three things you should be sure to write into your roofing contract.

Kick Out Flashing

Most homes contain one or more areas where a roof and a wall intersect. These represent particularly vulnerable places. That's because water coursing down the roof is often able to penetrate the behind the sheathing on the walled side. When this happens, expensive and damaging leaks often ensue. Likewise, you may end up experiencing rot, mold, and mildew damage.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to avoid such repercussions: kick out flashing. This type of flashing consists of an angled piece of metal that sits flush against both the wall and the roof. It acts to both prevent water getting in, and to help channel that water safely down your roof. It is important to write a stipulation into your roofing contract about inspecting all existing kick out flashing and replacing any that is in bad condition.

Gutter Apron

Your gutters represent the primary means of managing the massive amounts of water that flow down a roof. Yet they are simply not capable of preventing all water-related issues. Shingle damage, peeling paint, and other siding issues are also caused by water that has curled around the bottom of the terminal shingles and run down the wall of your home.

To prevent this type of water damage from becoming an issue, be sure to request gutter aprons on your roofing contract. These simply objects are installed just below that bottom row of shingles. Much like kick out flashing, they form a barrier, preventing water from getting to the side of your home, and redirecting it instead to where it should be--in your gutter.

Chimney Cricket

Chimneys are another part of the roof that are subject to a lot of unanticipated damage. Here the problems tend to occur on the back side of the chimney, where leaves, moss, and other forms of roof detritus tend to accumulate. Over time, these things break down, forming a layer of humus that retains an alarming amount of water, thus leading to corrosion, rot, and other annoying problems.

The good news here is that you can avoid the problem of chimney build-up by having a chimney cricket—also known as a roofing saddle—installed. This is basically a slanted piece of plywood covered, like the rest of your roof, with shingles. The angle of the saddle keeps water and other destructive substances from accumulating behind your chimney. Be sure to stipulate the installation a cricket on your contract if your roof doesn't already have one.

To learn more about your options and what to ask for, contact companies like Hogan  Roofing.