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KICKOUT FLASHINGS
Missing or poorly installed kickout flashings are a major oversight in modern construction. As the roofs get more complex and multi-leveled, kickout flashings are needed at the lower roof terminations that abut a vertical wall. 
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WHAT IS A KICKOUT FLASHING?
A kickout flashing is a piece of metal that is used where a lower roof line terminates against a vertical wall. The kickout flashing is installed above the rain gutter and/or drip edge flashing where the roof meets a vertical wall. This specialty flashing “kicks out” rain water and diverts it away from the lower wall. Missing, or incorrectly installed kick-out flashings, are often the source of major structural, mold, and rot damage.
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CAN A MISSING KICKOUT FLASHING REALLY CAUSE DAMAGE?
When there is no kickout flashing installed major damage can result. Without the needed flashing water can easily enter in behind the exterior wall cladding. Sometimes this damage is concealed until the cladding is opened up, and other times, the damage is obvious, even from across the street. Here are four photos of different wall systems where the lack of kickout flashings allowed water entry and major damage.
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WHAT ARE THE KICKOUT FLASHING REQUIREMENTS?

Modern kickout flashing requirements are found in part in the International Residential Code (IRC) and then further clarified by the exterior cladding manufacturers and roofing material manufacturers.

I researched several different trade associations and manufacturers websites and found numerous details that clarify the installation of the roof to wall flashings, including the kickout flashing. The International Residential Code specifically leaves it to the discretion of the exterior cladding manufacturers to provide the needed flashing detail drawings and specs. Please click on the following images to view four major industry kickout flashing details.

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WHO SHOULD YOU CALL FOR RETROFIT KICKOUT FLASHINGS?

The best person to call for retrofitting kickout flashing is the professional specializing in the exterior cladding on your home. If you have brick exterior where the kickout flashing is needed, then call the brick mason. If you have vinyl siding, then call the vinyl siding professional. The same is true for stucco, EIFS, composite siding, or any of the other exterior claddings.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION?

If you are building a new home that has a multi-level roof then discuss the kickout flashing installation with your general contractor, roofing subcontractor, and exterior cladding contractor. This should be a team effort on their part to ensure that water does not enter into the walls of the home.

HORRIBLE KICKOUT FLASHING INSTALLATIONS

The most common kickout flashing short term band aid repair involves nothing more than a bent piece of metal and/or liberal gobs of caulking. Don’t settle for this type of short term repair. To view some horrible kickout flashing installations please visit our Kickout Flashing Installation/Damage Photo Gallery.

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