A Helpful Guide to Window Flashing

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Nearly all homeowners have heard the term “flashing,” but quite a few aren’t one-hundred percent sure what this word refers to. That’s okay! Not everyone has been part of a renovation project where flashing was a necessary component of the job. Flashing is, in short, any material that provides waterproofing around windows and doors, under roofing materials, and in other strategic locations. Flashing can be made from numerous materials, including rubber, steel, aluminum, and even copper. The type of material matters far less than proper installation.

As you read this guide, you will see several frequently asked questions about window flashing. Hopefully, the answers you find here will help you better understand not only what flashing is, but how it functions and why it even matters. Remember, the team at Hatch Homes is always here to help if you have further questions about your specific exterior remodeling project.

Are there windows that don’t require flashing?

In certain cases, windows don’t need to have flashing. Generally, these window frames have pre-installed channels that have been engineered to direct water down the side of the window and onto the ground. Sometimes, though, Carolina homeowners choose to have flashing installed even if they invest in these kinds of windows. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to potential damage. Failing to properly waterproof residential windows can lead to serious structural problems down the road.

What are some popular kinds of window flashing?

As mentioned previously, flashing can be made from a wide range of materials. When it comes to windows, though, three of the most popular options are metal, tape, and vinyl. Metal flashing is extremely thin and, therefore, flexible. It is commonly used on windows, roofs, and along decks. Metal is arguably the most prevalent materials used for residential flashing overall.

Tape flashing is the newest product on the market and is extremely affordable, yet highly effective. It also quite durable, making it perfect for windows that are going to get a lot of use. Finally, vinyl flashing is an especially good choice for homeowners who have vinyl siding. The only downside to vinyl is that it can crack in very cold temperatures, so bear that in mind if you live in a region of the Carolinas that has excessively chilly winters.

How can I know if my windows need to be replaced?

In many cases, windows ultimately have to be replaced because their original flashing was installed incorrectly. If you’ve noticed any water leaking in around your window frames or if you have started seeing condensation between the panes of double or triple-paned windows, it’s time to call a professional. It is also worth noting that older homes often didn’t have flashing at all, so that could also be the case if you’re a historic homeowner.

The Hatch Homes team offers window repair and replacement services throughout the Carolinas. No matter where you live, we are here to help you select the ideal windows for your home. Give our office a call today to set-up a no-obligation consultation with one of our expert installers. We look forward to working with you soon!

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