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For the DIY home handyman or the professional roof installer it can be a  process of trial
example our customer had a brand new roof put on just six months earlier, yet failed to
return phone calls for the repair and we were eventually called on to find and fix the leak.

From inside the room I was able to determine the direction of water damage. The telltale
trail of water stains  began at the ceiling and worked it's way down to the floor. I got out my
ladder and climbed the roof. It took a few minutes of inspection to conclude the water entry
point had as its source the badly mangled flashing and its improper installation --this is
entirely avoidable and totally unnecessary.  Apparently when the new roof was installed
the old flashing was not, despite the assurance from the homeowner that the contractor
had indeed claimed to have installed a new flashing. I could see the diy home handyman
not realizing the importance of a new flashing but there is no excuse for the roofing
contractor. This was a bad job.
AN example of improperly installed roof flashing



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BEFORE: Bad Flashing
The removal of the old flashing was simply a matter of removing the few nails and
extracting the flashing from below). The tool will grab the shaft of the nail,  the bend in
the end of the  tool allows for the nail to be pried out. The removal of the old flashing
was completed in about 20 minutes.
Once the old flashing was removed a visual inspection of the area revealed numerous  
holes and entry points for moisture. Clearly this is where the ice and water was
entering the home. I was actually surprised that the roofers who installed this roof
actually left it in this condition. But then again, I see this all the time. To repair the holes
in the roof I applied a heavy layer of roof cement before installing the new flashing.
The new flashing was cut from an aluminum coil stock roll of 100' x 1-4" material (the
was cut in two lengths of about 12'-0 each. The width of the roof was 20'-0". This gives
edge of the flashing to retain its shape. The rigid line of the bend prevents wind driven
edge of the flashing to retain its shape. The rigid line of the bend prevents wind driven
rain from lifting and exposing the flashing.

The flashing is inserted under the siding and tucked in tight against the exterior wall.
Roofing nails secure the edge of the flashing on the exposed end. The nail heads are
this I used 1 1/2" while aluminum nails with small heads. The small heads are not
obvious yet secure the siding to the exterior walls. The nails should not be driven too
hard or it may dimple the siding.

Good luck! If you have any questions visit the DIY Forum
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Roof repair with new flashing on a dimensional shingle
TOOLS NEEDED TO INSTALL  ROOF FLASHING
Metal Break. If you
don't have a meta find
neighborhood and ask
piece of coil stock for
your job. Another idea
is to check with a
roofing supplier-many
keep a break for their
roofing contractors.




Flashing Material.
Flashing comes in
rolls of various sizes.
The local retail stores
usually carry a 12" x 50"
material that is suitable
for most small jobs. It
is available in white,
brown, black,
aluminum (shown).
tool to remove nails
Pry Bar. and
shingles.
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