How NOT To Flash A Chimney, Or A Roof

By
Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

So often, more than seeing something flashed correctly, I see how not to flash a chimney, or a roof.

Roof tar does not flashing make!  Period.  It's great UNDER "stuff," like shingles, or vent covers, and when under it is long lasting.  But it is not intended to be installed (my word is "gooped") over "stuff!"

But it does inspire song!  Please, feel free to sing along.  It's best to bob your head too...

 


I SEE A RED CHIMNEY AND I WANT IT PAINTED BLACK,

 





NOT ONLY IN THE FRONT, BUT UNDER AND IN BACK!






I LIKE TO GOOP MY STUFF ON TOP OF EVERYWHERE...

GOOPING BUMPS AND CRACKS, ALL OVER, I DON'T CARE!

NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH,

 NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH, NAAAAAHHHH.


 

Well, you get the idea.

And just in case the gooping on the outside didn't do enough, there is always inside!

Thank goodness for the universal nature of poly foam -- the other white goop!

This poly foam is placed just under the edge of the roof line in that second photo.

Perfect!

My recommendation:  it can get frustrating, but never buy a home without a home inspection!  Many people would look at this and think it is okay!  IT IS NOT!  And a home inspector would know that.

I do have fun though.  And making up songs along the way doesn't hurt!



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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Dana Hollish Hill
Buyer's Edge Company, Inc. - Bethesda, MD
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Wow! Your pictures really tell the stiory and putting it to song really did the trick. I'm sure I will be thinking about flashing all day.

Feb 16, 2012 10:50 AM #69
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Suzi Sandore
Keller Williams North County - San Marcos, CA
North County San Diego Homes

Okay, it's only 8am, the sun is trying to come out from behind some dark rain clouds and I've got "Paint it Black" stuck in my head. Jay - come up with a new song ....please!

Feb 16, 2012 11:15 AM #70
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Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

See this in older roofs here. People do what ever to stop the rain. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not.

Feb 16, 2012 12:20 PM #71
Rainmaker
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Jon Mahan
ERA Advantage Realty - Beckley, WV
ABR Beckley West Virginia Real Estate

Well Jay, thanks for the "ear worm".  But you are absolutely right about getting a home inspection!

Feb 16, 2012 12:24 PM #72
Anonymous
Anonymous

Love the song, Jay!  When I see that stuff, I have "TAR! Huh!  What is it good for?  Absolutely nuthin'!" going through my head.

Feb 16, 2012 01:03 PM #73
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Inves... - Leucadia, CA
Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl

Great post. What about the leaky Skylight scenario? Especially the retrofitted ones. LOL!

Feb 16, 2012 01:23 PM #74
Rainmaker
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Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty licensed in GA and AL

Flashing?  We don't need no flashing.  Flashing is just something extra to spend money on... (I say jokingly)  People and their roofs...I am sure you see it all.

Feb 16, 2012 02:15 PM #75
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Derrick - I was just as shocked and disappointed as you are...      ;>)

John - it will work forever!  Let's hope anyway.

Woody - I'd go with a Rolling Stones guitar, with kind of a dark twang to it.

Marshall - I have more rock and roll in my head than I care to admit.

ROCK Realty - you HAD to love my song!  And the pictures aren't bad either.

Feb 16, 2012 03:44 PM #76
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Rachel - I don't know about their money situation, be we all want to do things as inexpensively as possible.  Nice photo by the way!  College?

Lyn - that was plop, plop, fizz, fizz!  I really like Fizzies too!

Sylvie - the sun's UV rays deteriorates that unprotected tar quickly.  I bet it doesn't last long in Flagstaff!

Warren - pictures like that saved my client thousands of dollars, for sure!

Dana - and singing the song?  Not the Stones' words, but mine!

Feb 16, 2012 03:47 PM #77
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Suzi - sorry about that.  How's this song?    http://activerain.com/blogsview/2439712/seven-ways-to-kill-your-dryer

Bill - stopping the rain is the objective, but not like this!

Jon - glad you enjoyed it!  Including the ear worm!

Julie - you don't look old enough for that song to come to your head, my dear!  Now I remember it from high school!

John - I see tar all around skylights too!

Karen - every time I think that I see something new!

Feb 16, 2012 03:51 PM #78
Rainmaker
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Linda Jamail Marshall
Linda Marshall,Houston Texas, Linda Marshall, Realtors® - Houston, TX
Broker, ABR,QSC,RECS,ACRE - Innerloop Houston, Tex

As usual excellent advice

Greetings from Innerloop Houston, Texas

Feb 16, 2012 06:56 PM #79
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Bob what about that spray on crap they are selling on TV.   Seems to me I could get a few cans and just spray my entire roof!

Feb 16, 2012 07:05 PM #80
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Linda!  We are here nearly every day!

Gene - it would have taken a zillion cans of that stuff!  And that canned thing isn't as good as this tar!

Feb 16, 2012 07:17 PM #81
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Justin Dibbs
United Real Estate - Ashburn, VA
REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale

Hmmm...that chinmey looks very similar to a chimney on ahouse my buyer bought last summer, lol.

Feb 17, 2012 06:24 AM #82
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Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-342-4767- Inspector & Energy Auditor

Looks like someone bought a 5 gallon bucket of the stuff and didn't want it to go to waste.

Feb 17, 2012 09:40 AM #83
Rainmaker
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Eric Middleton
Closer Look Property Inspections Inc. - Uniondale, NY
Professional Property Inspector

Jay - this is common practice here in New York. The diyer's think that it's a better long lasting fix. For many home owners duct tape, tar, and spray foam is the cure all.

Feb 17, 2012 02:07 PM #84
Rainmaker
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Jay, great post.  I can almost count on every inspection having an issue with flashing and/or vents.

Feb 17, 2012 02:08 PM #85
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Justin - yeah, but that one had a bunch of concrete too!

Robert - you sure it was only one bucket?

Eric - and fine products all!  But not here...

Bob - that's because people see things on TV and think they can do it themselves!

Feb 17, 2012 03:17 PM #86
Rainmaker
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Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Good post. I had a tenant move out and they tried to fix their damage with that poly foam stuff. That was a new one for me.

Oct 22, 2012 05:15 PM #87
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Not good Wayne!  That stuff is not meant for outdoors, as the sun destroys it.  Great when tenants try to take care of stuff!

Oct 23, 2012 01:37 AM #88
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