Today we’re at a cool project right in our hometown of Elk River. This building was built in 1860 and actually used to be the city’s Jail House. It’s obviously not anymore, but it does need some repairs and updates to keep up the integrity of this structure.

 

During this siding project, in particular, we found a lot of damage from years and years of water damage due to a roof terminating at the siding, without any flashing installed. We found that at some point, the last time this roof was installed a flashing was installed, but the damage had already been done. It only reiterates the reason why flashing and kickout flashing are very important to avoid rotting wood behind your siding.

When an eave ends along the siding of the house, rainwater is going to just run along, and behind, that siding. When the water gets trapped behind there, there’s no escaping. This can lead to water leaks, damage, and rot. A kickout flashing will steer that water down the eave, and out away from the house with a sharp turn. This is crucial to protecting the integrity of the home or building. And it’s a very small detail that offers great reward and protection to your siding and your roof.

Reasons why you may find yourself needing to install flashing include; improper installation, it was removed, or it was never installed. Anywhere a roof and exterior wall connect and the gutter or eave continues along the wall, or where gutters end along the side of a chimney need to have flashing installed. The flashing must be watertight and installed at the proper angle to allow for water to run away from the home and not leak through the seam. It’s possible a homeowner may have removed the flashing themselves because they look unsightly, so it’s important to ensure clients and homeowners that these are necessary to avoid damage and future problems with a home’s exterior long-term.

Whenever a roof or siding replacement is done on a new or existing home, ensure the contractors install flashing where appropriate and that it’s installed correctly. This will save on other repairs down the road, and keep your home’s integrity in place.

 

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