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Old 06-30-2010, 09:29 AM   #1
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We have contracted a reputable roofing company to roof our house which is a 1908 Colonial with a gambrel type roof. There are three dormers in the second part of the roof that have flashing showing approx. 4" below the shingles. When asked about this we were told that this is a normal process and it helps the water run freely off of the window. Is this true???

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Old 06-30-2010, 10:27 AM   #2
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Do you have a pic ?

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Old 06-30-2010, 11:05 AM   #3
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I do not have a picture at this moment but, could take one later in the week. The flashing that is showing is on the right and left sides of the window sill. It looks very odd with the new shingles and the flashing showing under each and every dormer window/section.

I live in Massachusetts if that helps.
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there should be flashing where the window abutts the roof,you may have had a few layers on the roof and it was at one time covered over because of roofing build up,but it should be there
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Yes we had a couple of layers of shingles that were stripped from the roof prior to reshingling. I am aware that there must be flashing under and along the window however, my concern is that they have left two pieces (left and right corners) exposed and over the new shingles. So.........when you look at the dormer you see two approx. 4" x 5" pieces of flashing showing under each window. I would think that the actual flashing should be hidden under another shingle.
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that would kinda defeat the purpose of the flashing,when you post the pics we can get a better idea of whats there
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IF the home's builder or the roofer properly placed flashing where the lower part of the dormer abutts the roof-line, then you should feel lucky. I've repaired so many of these areas where there was no flashing added and rain water encroached below the trim under the window. This leads to rotted trim, framing, roof decking, water damage on materials of the floor below--it gets worse. Exposed flashing at this area could be painted close to shingle colors if this is bothering you. I have seen this flashing covered with shingle pieces which created just another place for water to dam up so as to run somewhere it shouldn't. David
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David,

Thank you so much for your response. It makes me feel so much better knowing that this isa necessary step in my roofing project. It's so difficult when you aren't familiar with processes. I am now attempting to have our bathroom remodeled and I have received suggestions from many of the contractors as to how to hide camoflage the showing flashing.

Thank you again and have a wonderful fourth!

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This is probably more then what you have showing
But the general idea
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While the flashing needs to be on top of the shingles, it doesn't have to be blatantly visible. Meaning, the contractor could have used a colored piece of flashing (brown, black, etc). If done properly, the flashing can be painted. Just don't fall off the roof.

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