Roof Shingle Kick-Out Flashing

missing roofing shingle kick-out flashing

Missing roof kick-out flashing

Roofing Shingle Components

I cannot stress enough to homeowners the importance of kick-out flashing and how often it is overlooked.  Kick-out flashing is a small piece of metal flashing that diverts the water away from an intersection where a side wall and roof line meet.

It literally kicks the water out and stops it from traveling under and behind the siding. Kick-Out Flashing is at the end of any sidewall flashing and serves as an end to properly kick the water away from traveling behind siding. This missing kick-out flashing is very common problem with vinyl siding due to the lack of cooperating manufactured components.  

Missing Kick-out Flashing

The photo to the right showcases missing kick-out flashing on the roof where it meets a sidewall. Note how there is no flashing where the roofing shingles end at the fascia and meet the sidewall.  The lack of flashing allows mold to grow due to water getting behind and the wood or vinyl siding. This is a common problem here in Houston and southeast Texas.


Corrected Kick-out Flashing

Installation of Kick-out flashing

Kick-out flashing installation

First, the rotted wood as seen in the photo has to be cut out and replaced.

After the rotted wood is replaced, the kick-out flashing needs to be installed under the roofing shingles, behind the siding and then end in front of the siding to expel and drain all water properly.

Here in Houston Texas we receive nearly 4′ (48″) of rain per year! This correctly installed Kick-Out flashing will ensure that no water gets behind the siding and roofing shingles to cause mold and rot issues.

Instead that water, should be kicked out from going behind the roofing and siding.


Kick-out Flashing Example  

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Completed Roofing kick-out flashing job

This is a Stucco Siding job with correctly installed kick-out flashing.

This photo showcases how to stop water from entering under the roofing shingles and or siding long after the crews are gone.

As with any roofing shingle replacement job done by a reputable contractor, the correct components are the key. When a roof is being replaced, often a company will not replace some essential components/flashings to save money.

If you are receiving roofing replacements bids or estimates, look for a list of components such as, pipe jacks, valley flashings, drip edge, sidewall flashings and ridge vents.

All of these should be replaced when changing your roof to insure no leakage for many years to come. That way when it is raining hard in the middle of the evening you can rest assure that any leaks will be non existent!

I truly hope that you have found this article most helpful and informative when it comes to proper re-roofing installation techniques. Texas Home Exteriors.

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20 Responses to Roof Shingle Kick-Out Flashing

  1. Ava Laurie says:

    This i actually really cool to know about the kick out. It is really embarrassing because I have the mold issue going on my siding. I need to get is scraped and covered. I am hoping that i can get this done before the winter starts and the cool just makes it even worse.

    • Greg Kapitan says:

      Yes Ava you should get that roof flashing issue taken care of as soon as possible. When winter time comes you are risking ice issues as well because it can act as a dam and water can easily get behind the flashing and or roofing shingles and cause a leek. The last thing you want is water coming into your home.

  2. Beanie says:

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  3. Gerald says:

    Thank you. Your roofing article is very helpful to me.

    • Greg Kapitan says:


      Here at Texas Home Exteriors we are glad that you liked the roofing flashing post and article that we did.

  4. Salomon says:

    Most roofers do not realize the importance of kick out flashing and the important role that it plays!

  5. Mike says:

    Hello. This article was extremely interesting, particularly since I was looking for thoughts on this roofing issue that I was having.

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  8. Kayla Rogers says:

    It’s good to know that I need to be aware of missing kick-out flashing on my home. My husband and I just bought a “new to us” home that was built about 50 years ago and I have been a little worried about our roof. He definitely isn’t the most handy guy, if you know what I mean, but I know this is something we probably need to look at soon. I will have to have a local professional come out and take a look before the snow hits!

  9. Greg Staton says:

    I’ve been roofing for 25 years, never had this come up on 1000s of roofs. Someone is always looking to promote a new product by creating a need for it. We use ice and water shield on all penetrations and valleys. Never been a problem. This is a builder’s problem. Contact your builder.

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