How to Install Roof Flashing Against a Wall?
Flashing against a wall is one of the most common things which are done in house. There are many reasons why you may want to do it:
You want to protect your home from theft or damage; You want to decorate your home with different patterns and designs; You have some sort of special request like for example you need a particular pattern of flashing; Or you just like the look of it!
There are various types of flashing under siding. Some of them are called “headwall” flashing and they’re used only when you have a roof over your head. Headwall flashing is very simple to install, but there’s always room for improvement. If you don’t mind spending time and money, then headwall flashing is definitely the way to go. However, if you want to make sure that your home will be safe from thieves and other dangers, then sidewall flashing is the right choice for you.
Ridge flashing is another type of roofing material which consists of strips of metal attached to the side of the house. They’re usually installed on top of a wooden deck or even a concrete slab. Ridge flashing is easy to install and requires no special tools. However, it isn’t an ideal solution for certain types of flashing. For example, you can’t use ridge flashing under siding or other cosmetic purposes.
So if you’re trying to protect your home against theft or natural elements, then you might want to avoid this type of flashing.
How to Install Flashing Against a Brick Wall?
Installing flashing against a brick wall is very easy. You just need to know the right materials and tools. If you already know how to do it, then you can save a lot of money when it’s time to re-side your house.
What you need:
Brush cutter; Roofing nails; Rake; Trowel; Felt paper; Shingles; Plywood; Masonry cement; Mastic cement (in a tube); Putty (in a tube); Flashing (comes in a roll); Paint and drop cloths.
Step 1: You need to remove the old shingles, if you haven’t already done so. You can do that yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.
Step 2: Use the rake to pull out all debris such as nails, screws, washers and any other metal pieces left on the roof after removing the shingles.
Step 3: Start installing the flashing against a brick wall on the lowest edge of the roof. You’ll have to fold it several times so that it can cover the gaps between the bricks. Hold the flashing against a brick wall in place using roofing nails.
Step 4: Now you’ll need to make seams at the bottom of the roof. Lay strips of j-channel along the bottom edge and fasten them with flashing, masonry cement and roofing nails.
Step 5: Apply mastic cement under the flashing to get a better seal against water.
Step 6: Continue installing flashing against a brick wall along the rest of the roof, overlapping each strip by 6 inches.
Step 7: Install a drip edge at the edge of the roof using flashing, mastic and nails. This will give water a place to drain off the edge and keep it from leaking inside your home.
Step 8: Tear strips of felt paper and fix them against flashing using roofing nails.
Step 9: Secure the first layer of shingles to the roof using nails.
Step 10: Apply a heavy coat of paint along the bottom edge and all along the sides of flashing against a brick wall. The paint will keep the flashing from corroding over time.
Step 11: Add the second and third row of shingles.
Step 12: Go back and paint over the seams along the sides and bottom of flashing against a brick wall.
Step 13: Apply two more layers of paint to create a solid barrier against the elements.
Step 14: You can now finish up the rest of your roofing project. Just make sure that you seal up the edges so that water can’t get inside your home.
While it may seem like a lot of work, you’ll save a lot of money in the long run. You can also do the labor yourself without too much hassle. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can hire a professional to help you out. It will definitely be money well spent.
You did a great job with the flashing against a brick wall. Now your home will remain protected for years to come.
Did you ever stop to think about using your natural talent with fixing things to earn a living?
Have you ever considered becoming an apprentice to a handyman? Even if you don’t continue on as one, it can be a great way to earn extra money in your spare time to buy the things you want.
There are many other skilled jobs that you could try as well. A plumber, electrician, or mechanic is just a few to name. If you really don’t like the work, you can always go back to school and get training in a field that you do like.
The important thing is for you to do something that you’ll be happy doing every day.
Well it looks like you’ve tried just about every hobby and job imaginable! I hope you had fun, but now it’s time to move on to the next chapter of your life.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your adventure through childhood and I wish you all the very best as you move forward!
Who knows? Maybe we’ll have more to talk about in the future!
Have a good one!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Prefabricated post base flashing (D Zuares – US Patent 5,832,675, 1998 – Google Patents)
- Method of flashing building structure (R Gatherum – US Patent App. 10/294,485, 2003 – Google Patents)
- Roof Attachment Flashing Assembly (S Meine, J Ash, B Lester, D Taggart – US Patent App. 14/934,149, 2016 – Google Patents)
- Roof flashing unit (SJ Magid – US Patent 5,065,553, 1991 – Google Patents)
- Vent hood and flashing assembly for metal roof (DL Rich – US Patent 8,209,923, 2012 – Google Patents)
- Pipe flashing unit (WM Nagler, VE Woosley – US Patent 4,120,129, 1978 – Google Patents)
- Flashing light string assembly with a pair of sub-light strings per plug (YK Shen – US Patent 5,834,901, 1998 – Google Patents)
- Counter flashing (JA Sama – US Patent 6,167,660, 2001 – Google Patents)
- Roof flashing with improved drip guard (CD Stearns – US Patent 5,170,597, 1992 – Google Patents)