Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Whatcom County Home Inspector (King of the House): Improper Flashings

 It is always kind of sad, sometimes amusing, when a homeowner knows that some component is required at the home but does not know the correct way to install it. Here is a photo of a metal flashing, above the eave on a sloped roof. The fellow who installed it figured it would be a good flashing to protect the sheathing below. The problem is, the top of the metal flashing needs to go under all of the shingles not just some of them. I lifted a shingle, for a better view, but you can see how water would get down under the flashing between tabs. Good thought, lousy implementation.

Thanks for looking.

Steven L. Smith

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 4 commentsSteven L. Smith • January 27 2008 03:02PM


Just another reason why a home inspection is so important thank for sharring
Posted by Cory Clure (Tamarack Realty) almost 12 years ago
Good point Cory. Keep up the good work.
Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 12 years ago
That is why I would never buy a house without a home inspection or recommend anyone buy without one. I honestly don't think that there is another service in the purchase process that gives you as much peace of mind or bang-for-your-buck as the home inspection.
Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) almost 12 years ago
Steve, as my kids say "that's messed up."  Take logical solution to a given problem and make it worse!
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 12 years ago