Types of Roof Flashings

Continuous Flashing

This is also known as “apron flashing” because it acts in a similar manner to an apron. It is a long, single piece of metal that is used to carry the water down to the shingles that lay below..

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Base Flashing

There are some roof features, like chimneys, that require two pieces of flashing. This is to ensure that the rain always meets a flashing surface to direct it downward. Not only that, it is notoriously difficult to install flashing around a chimney..

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Step Flashing.

This is a rectangular piece of flashing that is bent 90 degrees in the middle. It is generally used for wall flashing. In this instance, multiple pieces of flashing will be installed as layers with the shingles to make sure that the water flows away from the wall.

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Counter Flashing

This is placed opposite of base flashing, or above the base flashing. Counter flashing completes the team with the aforementioned base flashing.

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Skylight Flashing.

There are some skylight manufacturers that include flashing with their product, but others will require you to create it or purchase it separately. Knowing which option you have beforehand is helpful.

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Valley Flashing.

This is placed opposite of base flashing, or above the base flashing. Counter flashing completes the team with the aforementioned base flashing.

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Drip Edges

At the edge of the roof, there is a thin metal flashing that allows water to drip off the roof without doing damage to the home or causing a pesky leak that can do further damage to the roof or home.

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Kickout Flashing

Roofing contractors generally need something to bridge the gap where the step flashing comes to an end and where the gutter begins. This kind of flashing is used to direct water away from the wall and down into the gutter.

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