Proper Flashing

Posted on Thu Feb 25th, 2021 at 7:18 am

Having the proper flashing installed on your home, especially at horizontal transitions, is critical to ensuring that water does not get inside. Do not think that just because your home was newly built, that it is all good. We built our home in 1999 and continue to find little issues that were not done properly at the time.

 

The ceiling above our patio had a piece of trim that never had any flashing installed above. Over the years, we noticed that the paint did not want to stick well to that area. It was obvious that we had water penetration issues. We had the wood replaced by a painter at one point, but those guys are not carpenters and just replaced the damaged wood and caulked the gaps.

After a couple years, I knew it was time to have this area repaired correctly. The carpenter’s replaced all the damaged ceiling tiles and replaced the wood trim. In addition, they installed the proper drip cap and j-channels above the wood trim to make sure water would never penetrate that area again.

If you have areas on your home where the paint just does not seem to want to stay in place, you may have a situation like this. Have someone take a look and determine if the proper flashings are missing. The sooner you catch these issues, the cheaper they will be to repair.


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