Roofing, Siding, and Deck Blog Post

Case Study of Missing Kick-Out Flashing

Identifying the Flashing Issue and Repairing the Roof

Water damage prevention is our priority at Fowler Exteriors, as we value safeguarding your home. That’s why we wanted to share a real-life case study with you today, highlighting the significance of kick-out flashing and the potential consequences of its absence. By understanding the role of kick-out flashing, you can make informed decisions and take the necessary steps to safeguard your home.

 Understanding Kick-Out Flashing

Kick-out flashing is more than just a simple piece of metal—it’s a protective shield skillfully redirecting water away from vulnerable areas safeguarding your roof. When rainwater cascades down your sloping roof, kick-out flashing jumps into action, ensuring it doesn’t infiltrate your home’s structure. Installing kick-out flashing where the roof meets a vertical wall creates a barrier against water intrusion and protects your home from potential damage.

Why is kick-out flashing so important? 

Picture this: water can penetrate the tiny gaps between your roof and siding without proper kick-out flashing. Over time, this water can seep into the interior of your walls, leading to rot, mold growth, and compromised structural integrity. By understanding the vital role of kick-out flashing, you can appreciate its necessity in preserving the integrity of your home.

The Inspection and The Repair

Visual Inspection

Recently, we had the opportunity to help a homeowner who noticed unsightly water stains on their exterior chimney siding. This visual cue prompted the homeowner to call us and schedule a thorough investigation to pinpoint the source of the problem. Through this homeowner’s journey, we aim to highlight the importance of paying attention to such signs and promptly addressing any flashing issues.

Potential Chimney Damage

Upon our inspection, it became evident that the missing kick-out flashing had allowed water to seep into the chimney structure. The consequences of this seemingly minor oversight were anything but trivial, as water, with its persistent nature, had managed to penetrate the vulnerable areas of the chimney. The continuous exposure to moisture not only jeopardized the integrity of the decking surrounding the chimney but also posed a threat to the framework supporting the chimney. Left unaddressed, this water damage could gradually weaken the chimney’s structural stability, potentially leading to more costly repairs and safety hazards.

Addressing the Flashing Issue

Installing Flashing and Repairing the Roof and Siding

Our dedicated team followed a detailed action plan to combat the damage caused by the missing kick-out flashing. We removed the damaged siding, ensuring minimal disruption to the surrounding areas. In this case, the rot affected the wood, so we carefully replaced any compromised sections to restore the structure’s integrity.

With the damaged siding and rotted wood replaced, it was time to install the story’s hero brand new siding and kick-out flashing. We positioned the kick-out flashing at the critical juncture where the roof and wall meet, ensuring it effectively redirects water away from the vulnerable area. But we didn’t stop there! We paid close attention to every joint to seal the deal, meticulously sealing the flashing and siding carefully. This comprehensive approach guarantees optimal performance and lasting protection against water intrusion.

 Stop the Water Damage ASAP

This story and photos serve as a reminder of the importance of preventive measures in preventing flashing-related issues. As part of our commitment to providing comprehensive solutions, we strongly believe in educating homeowners like you. By conducting regular inspections and implementing proactive maintenance routines, you can identify potential vulnerabilities early on and take necessary actions to protect your home.

Take Action and Secure Your Home

We aim to empower you with the knowledge to make informed decisions for your home’s well-being. Prioritize regular inspections, prompt repairs, and proactive maintenance to safeguard against flashing damage. Count on us as your trusted partner to protect your home and ensure its longevity.

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