Anticipate the flow of water to keep it outside your house, where it belongs.
Synopsis: An annotated guide with clear drawings showing how flashing should be applied in a variety of situations, such as around chimneys and at wall-roof junctions. The information is solid and easy to understand quickly.
Flashing is that ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure. I can’t begin to count the repair jobs I’ve done because of faulty flashing. All the mystery was taken out of flashing for me when an old-timer advised that I take a ride on a drop of water as it runs down the roof or sidewall. In so doing, you quickly realize where that drop wants to go, and you understand how to change its direction. Anything that stops the flow will do it. A gutter is a good example. A strong wind will also cause a change in direction, and leaks often result. Other problems occur at junctures of dissimilar materials, where, for…