Kickout flashings are extra-important when the exterior cladding of the home is EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finish System), a stucco-like finish over a hard foam insulation board, that is popular in homes built in the 1990s and later around the Gainesville area. The photo below shows evidence of extensive water intrusion behind EIFS wall at location with missing kickout flashing.

The following diagram shows the recommended kickout flashing detail for Hardie-brand fiber-cement siding at roof/wall intersections.

     And here’s an example, shown below, of how water can easily get around an inadequate kickout flashing. The IRC Code specifies a kickout that is a minimum of 4” high and 4” wide, and this one falls way short.The stains on the wall indicate the path of the rainwater.

    If you want to know what can happen if a missing kickout flashing is ignored for years, well, there’s an example below.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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