Kickout Flashing for Seamless Siding and Trim
J’d Out from American Flashing provides a recessed siding receiver and water deflector for an easier and more aesthetic installation.
Kickout flashings have been required by the International Residential Code since about 2006. The code doesn’t use the term “kickout,” but describes it in code language, so often the requirement is overlooked by roofing and siding installers. A kickout is installed to direct water away from where a roof eve meets a wall, so water doesn’t leak behind the siding. A kickout also diverts water into the gutter so it’s less likely to run down the face of the siding below the fascia. One of the biggest objections to kickout flashings is that the projecting diverter legs are difficult to side around in an appealing way. Cut edges of wood or composite lap siding look awkward, the reverse-grain notches in wood shingles often split and fall off, and vinyl siding requires several small pieces of J-channel that are time-consuming to fit and look bulky.
J’d Out Kickout Flashing from American Flashing solves the trim-out problem with an integral recessed siding receiver—essentially a J-channel—on the front and top of the flashing. The design also has a unique two-step water deflector. The first deflector is set at 2 in. high with an integral J-channel on top. It bumps out an inch from the wall. The second deflector is an out-turned leg with a recessed channel. Siding of any type slides into the recessed channel behind the out-turned leg so the end cut is neatly hidden. The top channel hides the angle cut in the siding and is sized for a standard J-channel to slip into from the roof-slope side.
The 2-in. standoff of the upper water deflector initiates a 2-in. clearance space above the roof surface required for fiber-cement lap siding and western red cedar clapboard. Other types of siding that have narrower clearance-space distances can be notched down in front of the first deflector.
The wall flange of the J’d Out Kickout extends about 1-1/2 in. above the integral channel. The instructions call for counterflashing tape to seal the flange to the wall and provide a wide mechanical lap beneath the housewrap and siding.
J’d Out Kickout’s innovative design was developed by father and son team Leon, Jacob, and Nathan Thompson whose roots are in roofing and siding. They weren’t satisfied with the designs of other commercially available kickout flashings or the mixed results roofers and siders have with site-made kickouts, so they came up with one that’s is easier to install and trim around. Most homeowners won’t appreciate the elegance in the design of the J’d Out Kickout, but they will appreciate the clean appearance of the flashing and siding around it.
J’d Out Kickout cost $19 each or $32 for a left and right pair. They’re available in white, black, tan, brown, gray, and bronze colors.
Photos courtesy of the manufacturer.