How do you install flashing at the bottom of siding?

In this article we will share with you some basic information about flashing at the bottom of vinyl siding. You might have heard about it before, but if not, then here are some basics:

What is Z flashing? What does it mean? How do I install it? When should I use it? Where can I get it? Do I need to buy new siding or something else instead?

Z flashing (also called “zipper” flashing) is a type of vinyl siding that has been made so that when the siding is installed, it can be easily opened up and closed. This allows for easy access to the interior of your home. Some people like this feature because they want to see inside their homes; others like it because they don’t mind having tools in plain view while working on their projects.

There are many different types of zippers, and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Some people may prefer the look of zippers over other kinds of flashing because they make it easier to work on projects without getting dust all over themselves. Others feel that zips tend to be less durable than other types of flashing because they don’t last as long. Still others think that zipper’s tend to be too noisy since there is no sound barrier between them and outside world.

The advantages of installing z flashing include:

You can work quickly without worrying about damaging the siding.

It’s easier to open and close your house than other types of siding. If you’re looking for a way to keep out rats or mice, zipper flashing may be just what you need! (And if you really hate them, there are many products available that make squeaking noises when touched.

No rats or mice like those!)

The disadvantages of installing z flashing include:

Not quite as durable as other types of flashing. If you’re having trouble finding the best way to deal with squirrels in your yard, you may want to think about using another type of flashing.

Zippers don’t provide as much protection from wind and rain as other options do. You should factor this into your decision.

Installing a new flashing system can be a little expensive and requires some effort. If you want to hire someone to do it for you, it might cost a little more than other options.

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After doing some research, you’ve decided that zippers are the flashing system you want to use. You’re beginning to wonder how hard it will be to get this type of siding installed by a professional. You live in a city, but lots of people come here to work everyday.

There must be siding professionals everywhere!

You decide to call around and get some estimates. The first company you call wants $2,000 to put in the flashing system and siding. The second one asks if you want gravel under the siding as well; that will be an extra $1,200.

The third company won’t even give you an estimate over the phone. They say you need to come into their office to fill out some paperwork and talk to someone about your project.

Where do you go?


You decide that $2,000 is way too much for the flashing and siding job. You remember seeing vinyl siding at your local home improvement store that only cost $200. That’s much more in your price range.

Since you’re already there, you pick up some mortar and sand so you can finish the brick patio yourself this weekend!

You head to the home improvement store where you find everything easily. A store associate asks if you need help finding anything and you politely say no thanks.

You go to the counter to pay for your items and the cashier tells you your total is $250. You give her your credit card and she runs it through. It’s approved!

You proceed to load your car with all your purchases and head home.

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After unloading everything, you open the box with the flashing and siding so you can look at the color options. You forgot to ask the sales associate at the store and now you wonder if you got the right thing.

There are two colors to choose from: tan and beige. Since you don’t know what color your house is, you’ll have to pick a color based on something else.

Which do you pick?

~ You go with the tan siding since it’s more natural looking. You like nature.

~ You go with the beige siding since that sounds fancy. You’re a fancy lady!

A few weeks pass and the flashing and siding has been installed by professionals. The job looks great but you have to say goodbye to your old garden because it just doesn’t look right with the new siding.

You get used to the new look after a while but you still miss your garden lavishly filled with flowers of all different colors.

That is, until you decide to plant something similar in a pot on your patio. Soon your patio is filled with different types of flowers that you grew from seeds!

You watch them grow everyday and when friends and family come over they all remark how great they smell. Sometimes they even pick a few to take home.

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You take pride in your beautiful flowers and are glad you decided to go through with the project.

You never would have guessed that such ordinary objects lying around could make you so happy. Using what you learned in class, you decide to make a list of 100 things that make you happy.


You walk around campus and see all kinds of ordinary objects that could potentially make you happy. You try to find as many different items as possible because the more you have, the happier you’ll be.

That’s when something terrible happens…

You’re crossing the street with a friend when a car comes much faster than it should. Someone yells and you jump back on the sidewalk, but your friend isn’t so lucky.

She gets hit by the car and is thrown into the air! There’s no time to think. All you can do is watch in slow motion as your friend falls from the sky.

Her body hits the edge of a building and her head gets stuck between two large concrete slabs. Her feet dangle in the air just above the road.

The driver panics and gets out of the car. He goes to her head and tries to pry her out but she’s stuck tight.

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You rush over to her feet, stay low, and pull with all your might. You manage to get her away from the wall just enough that her head gets freed, then you both run off before the driver can get out of his shock.

But that’s not the worst of it…

You and your friend didn’t get too far when you realize she’s dead. Seeing that large hole going into the side of her head was too much for her brain to handle.

It just wasn’t her day, it was your day. You walk around in a daze for the rest of the week while all your friends have a funeral for her. Nobody knows what to say to you so everyone gives you your space.

You realize that you’ll always remember her, and the two of you had a lot of good times in the past. That makes you smile just thinking about it!

Eventually you move on and learn to cherish the memories of the happy times you spent with your friend. You never knew how many ordinary objects could make you so happy until this happened.

You kept asking yourself, what would make you truly happy? And now you know.

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