Kick Out Flashing
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Missing Kick Out flashing is a big red flag as we very often discover significant damage to stucco, sheathing, and framing in these locations.
One of the biggest potential leak areas on any house is where the eave overhang meets a vertical wall. In this area, where the stucco wall continues past the bottom edge of the roofline, Kick Out Flashing must be installed where the first few courses of roofing abut the stucco. This flashing is required to divert water run-off from roof into the gutter and keep water from getting behind the stucco at the bottom edge of the roof-wall interface.
To keep it simple, Kick Out Flashing needs to be installed wherever the end of a gutter runs into a wall.
This picture (above) is after all the stucco was removed from a chimney. The sheathing was completely rotted. All this damage could have been prevented by Kick Outs. Below is an after shot of this same chimney with the new stucco and Kick Out installed.
Gutter Guards, Gutter Helmets, etc are absolutely not substitutes for Kick Out Flashing. In fact, these gutter protectors actually increase water run off onto the walls and exacerbate the problem.
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