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How to install metal roof flashing against brick

Updated February 21, 2017

Metal roof flashing is a galvanised sheet metal that is bent at a 90 degree angle about 8 to 12 inches on each side of the angle. It comes in 10-foot lengths, or, for step flashing, 6-inch lengths. It is used to seal the gap between walls and intersecting roofs.

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  1. Choose the appropriate flashing size. Usually 8-inch flashing will work, but any size will work well.

  2. Install base flashing under shingles or over metal roofing material. If the roof runs flat up against the brick wall, you must install the roof side of the flashing either under the last layer of shingles or over the roof material if it is metal. Follow the photo for illustrated instructions.

  3. Flash angled roofs in the step method, which requires shorter flashing lengths of 6 inches. If the roof runs at an angle to the brick wall, then you must step the flashing as described in the photo. Make sure that you begin at the bottom of the angle and work up.

  4. Caulk any overlapping seams where the flashing meets or where any nail heads might be exposed.

  5. Chalk a straight line about 2 inches above the back of the base flashing. Using the circular saw and masonry blade cut a slot about 1.5 inches into the brick so that the overlapping flashing or counter flashing will slide into the slot. Caulk the slot after the flashing has been installed.

  6. Warning

    Always be careful in your surroundings and watch for power lines.

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Things You'll Need

  • Metal roof flashing
  • Chalk line
  • Metal cutting scissors
  • Circular saw
  • Concrete cutting blade
  • Clear silicone caulk and caulking gun

About the Author

Billy McCarley

Billy McCarley has been freelancing online since April 2009. He has published poetry for Dead Mule, an online literary publication, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University Of Alabama where he is also a first-year graduate student in history.

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