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
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
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.