Gutters and downspouts are vital parts of your home's water defense system. Yet they're not always enough to prevent unwanted damage, especially for those with roofs that terminate in places against a sidewall of your house. If you are worried that the sidewalls of your home are becoming damaged by rainwater, read on. This article will outline how to protect those vulnerable areas through the installation of kick-out flashing.
Rot tends to develop where a roof intersects with a sidewall. That's because this sidewall is especially vulnerable to rainwater running down along your roof. Even if regular flashing has been installed along the sidewall, water is still able to course down the side of your home, oftentimes working its way in behind your siding and leading to rot.
Protecting against rot requires rainwater to be diverted away from the sidewall. This is accomplished through the installation of so-called kick-out flashing, also sometimes referred to as diverter flashing. A simple piece of bent metal, kick-out flashing works to redirect water safely into your gutters, rather than letting it splash and run down the side of your home.
Tools And Materials Required
Kick-out flashing installation is relatively simple, and doesn't require any specialized tools. Here are the things you'll need in order to accomplish the installation:
exterior caulk and caulk gun
Prior To Installation
Before you install the kick-out flashing, it's a good idea to inspect the sidewall for signs of rot. If moisture damage is excessive enough, you may need to repair the wood before continuing. This is a fairly simple task. First the rotted portions of wood have to be carefully scraped away. Then a wood hardener is applied, allowed to dry, and followed up with an application of polyester filler.
Installing The Kick-Out Flashing
The kick-out flashing is installed beneath the first shingle at the edge of the roof. Simply lift the shingle up, slip the kick-out flashing into place so that it sits flush against the sidewall, and then secure it to the roof using your roofing nails. Once that's accomplished, all that is left is to attach the kick-out flashing to the sidewall.
For those with vinyl siding, this is especially simple. Simply slide the flashing beneath the appropriate layer of siding, which will act to hold it in place. If you have wood siding, however, you'll need to attach the flashing using more nails. Drill pilot holes to make this easier.
The last step when installing kick-out flashing against a wooden sidewall is to apply a line of caulk to the top edge of the flashing. This will keep rushing water from working its way behind the flashing and damaging your sidewall.
For more information, contact a company like Standard Roofing Corp roofing.