Roof flashing is crucial for ensuring your home is secure and protected from potential leaks. So with so many options on the market, why should you choose Dakaflash for your roofing projects? Read on to learn why Dakaflash is Australia’s best value lead-free flashing option.
What is Dakaflash?
Dakaflash is a lead-free composite laminate flashing consisting of a coloured creped aluminium top sheet with 100% butyl adhesive backing protected by a two-piece HDPE backing. Dakaflash is suitable for most traditional flashing applications, for instance, around chimneys, and is perfect for extreme profiles like verandas, carports and patios because of its flexibility.
Dakaflash, like other metal-based flashing materials, creates an instant watertight seal to protect your home from potential leaks all year round. Installation is quick and straightforward with no need for special tools, and Dakaflash comes at a competitive price compared to other lead-free flashing materials.
Why Lead-Free Flashing?
Lead for a long time was the best material for roof flashing because it is a soft and durable metal. Installation on rooftops is achieved with relative ease because lead is malleable and can be dressed neatly around the curves of a building, sealing and protecting the home below from the elements. When left to expand as they should, lead flashings have a life expectancy of up to 100 years, minimising maintenance and repair jobs.
However, potential environmental and health risks related to working with lead have come to light more recently. Lead poisoning happens after the build-up of lead in the body and can lead to severe complications affecting the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys, reproductive and nervous systems. Dakaflash is just one of many lead-free alternatives available today, eliminating any health concerns due to its non-toxic composition.
Dakaflash’s aluminium and butyl body pose no threat to the environment or the health of those installing it on a building, making for a safer roof flashing solution. Compared with traditional lead flashing materials, Dakaflash works just as well on corners, curvatures and bull noses and creates the same instant watertight seal. An added benefit is saving time and money on the job by having a go yourself, with no special tools required and no need for a roofing professional.
Benefits of Dakaflash
- Effective Design
One of the critical factors in Dakaflash’s effective design is its aluminium mesh layer. Dakaflash has the same reinforcing aluminium mesh embedded into its butyl adhesive backing as best-selling Wakaflex, giving it additional rigidity and strength. Dakaflash’s lightweight design makes for fast and straightforward installation, as you can bend and mold the material to the curves of your roof profile. Its aluminium top enables Dakaflash to stretch up to 30% along its length, meaning flashing is installed easily on tricky areas with many contours whilst maintaining a seamless finish. In addition, Dakaflash offers more support compared with other metal-based flashing choices.
Dakaflash’s aluminium top coat comes in three different colours and can be painted after installation to match your existing roof materials. Its aluminium and butyl body makes it ideal for many flashing needs, working seamlessly in various functions from maintenance to new build for outstanding performance. Dakaflash is useful for flashing jobs on windows, roofs, corners, and extreme profiles like patios because it is lightweight and flexible, maintaining the same waterproof, tight seal no matter the location. Dakaflash is also resistant to extreme weather, and it’s possible to use it as part of a BAL19 system.
3. Environmentally Friendly
A deciding factor for many customers when purchasing roof flashing materials is whether or not it is friendly to the environment. Dakaflash is a non-toxic, premium flashing option providing a smooth, contoured finish people look for whilst eliminating the risks associated with lead flashing. In addition, because Dakaflash isn’t lead-based, it does not contaminate rainwater that runs off it, making it possible to harvest rainfall for drinking water.
4. Value For Money
Dakaflash’s value for money does not compromise its effectiveness! Dakaflash combines the aluminium and butyl body of Smartform with the internal reinforcing mesh from Wakaflex and follows the same steps as a traditional flashing application but is a cheaper option than the high-end Wakaflex. As a result, Dakaflash is perfect for customers wanting excellent performance combined with great looks and a great price!
5. Easily Installed
You can install Dakaflash in full 5m rolls, making for a straightforward application. There are no special tools required to install Dakaflash, saving you valuable time and money on labour costs and making Dakaflash up to 50% quicker to install than lead-based flashing alternatives. The process is much easier than traditional flashing applications.
Dakaflash – Great Value Roof Flashing
Dakaflash is a lead-free flashing choice that is safe for users and the environment and is an effective option for commercial and domestic roof flashing needs. Moving toward more environmentally friendly products is vitally important, and Dakaflash provides a sustainable solution to almost all flashing applications while maintaining great performance.
Combining the support of Wakaflex’s inner aluminium mesh with the self-adhesive butyl backing of Smartform makes for an excellent lead-free flashing choice at a great price without compromising on performance – head to your nearest store for the best value product for your next roofing project.