If you have ever hired a good home inspector, one item that should be in the report, if missing, is Kick Out Flashing.
Most home owners have no idea what it is, or exactly what this small piece of metal does. Don’t worry it’s not your fault if you don’t know. Keep reading to learn more!
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Kick out flashing is a special, yet very important piece of flashing that diverts water away from the siding into the gutter.
This type of flashing should be installed where the roof joins an exterior wall. Typically on a 2 or 3 story home.
Look for gutters that butt up to the siding. This is where you should see one.
The big deal is this – water damage. A home that is supposed to have kick out flashing and doesn’t will most likely suffer extensive water damage.
During a rain storm or snow melt, water is rushing down the roof and into the gutter. The water will get in behind the siding, and run down the exterior wall and start to cause damage.
Eventually the plywood on the exterior wall will start to rot. Then the studs and eventually the framing. Now, it’s hard to tell how far the damage will travel but when the damage gets to this point, its very expensive to fix. We’re talking over ten thousand dollars plus!
During a home inspection we usually find one of the following issues:
We are surprised that on over 75% of homes we inspect, kick out flashing is not installed. With homes being built tighter and unable to breathe (dry out), the higher the risk of sustaining water damage. Kick out flashing prevents rainwater from being absorbed into the wall and is more important than ever.
The following are locations where kick out flashing is critical:
Proper kick out flashing is very inexpensive compared to the thousands of dollars in damages that can occur if not present and installed properly. The appearance of the flashing isn’t appealing, but it is very necessary.
There is one manufacturer that powder coats the aluminum in certain colors to make it blend into the roof structure www.kickoutflashing.com
If you have any questions about your home’s kick out flashing please call or send us a text 701-306-0472
Sources and Credits for this Article:
InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors®)
Nick Gromicko, CMI® and Kenton Shepard
Ike Paxton, CPI (owner of Paxton Inspection Services) is Certified by the IAC2 and InterNACHI and a licensed North Dakota Home Inspector.
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