In my reports, I address flashing details (or the lack, thereof) quite often. Considering we live in a very wet environment, this makes perfect sense.
Today, I’d like to discuss metal drip-edge flashing details briefly. A drip-edge flashing detail is a material applied on a roof’s edge that gives the roof system more capacity to direct water away from the system.
Why is drip-edge flashing important? Well, lots of reasons, including:
• Insects and small pests are better deterred from infesting a roof system
• Water is better directed into building gutter systems and away from exteriors and foundations
• Shingles are better shielded from water damage
• Underlying rooflines are better protected from rot
I recently came across a home in Langley that was lacking drip-edge flashing. As a result, some of the roof system’s OSB sheathing was swelled and deteriorated. I advised them to address this as soon as possible.
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