Step flash­ing

The Family Handyman - - DIY ESSENTIALS -

Step flash­ing is used along walls that in­ter­sect the roof. Each short sec­tion of flash­ing chan­nels wa­ter over the shin­gle down­hill from it.

But if the flash­ing rusts through, or a piece comes loose, wa­ter will run right be­hind it, and into the house it goes. Rusted flash­ing needs to be re­placed. That means re­mov­ing shin­gles, pry­ing sid­ing loose, and then re­mov­ing and re­plac­ing the step flash­ing. It’s that sim­ple. But oc­ca­sion­ally a roofer for­gets to nail one into place and it even­tu­ally slips down to ex­pose the wall.

SO­LU­TION 1: Push a loose piece of step flash­ing right back into place and then se­cure it with caulk above and be­low.

Slipped flash­ing PROB­LEM 1: Un­nailed step flash­ing can slip down and chan­nel wa­ter into the wall.

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