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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Rainmaker
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Eric Middleton
Professional Property Inspector
Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.

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.

February 17, 2012 02:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob Miller
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Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty

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

February 17, 2012 02:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

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!

February 17, 2012 03:17 PM
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Wayne B. Pruner
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
Oregon First

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.

October 22, 2012 05:15 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

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

October 23, 2012 01:37 AM
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