Frequently asked questions
Do you do HVAC?
We do not deal with HVAC systems. Although both trades deal with sheet metal, ours is mostly exterior, architectural and decorative in nature and therefore heavier gauge materials. Our primary goal is to keep water out of buildings.
Why do quality flashings matter?
Flashings protect the expensive and vunerbale parts of your house like:
>Windows & Doors
Flashings help prevent structural degredation due to small non obvious leaks. All this aside, quality flashing looks good too!
What are rainscreen details and why do they matter?
Rainscreen flashing details are an integral part of a larger rainscreen siding sytem in which an air space exists between the siding and the framing of the building. Rainscreens matter for the following reasons:
1) They allow for easy exit of any water that may find its way into a wall system
2) They provide airflow to allow siding to dry out after exposure to water
3) They are the future of building technology. More robust building code standards are increasingly moving towards rainscreen siding systems. Rainscreens are recommended for new building materials (such as Hardie board or engineered wood products) in order to increase the lifespan of the materials and better protect your home.
A well executed rainscreen will serve your home/project for decades, as well as increase its sustainability, value and building material performance.
What are common causes of leaky flashings?
Our message is always to ask: why take chances with the quality of your home? There are a few reasons it can go wrong:
1) Lack of, or incorrect slope
2) Poor placement of fasteners (such as an exposed nail in a place where water pools)
3) Lack of membrane underneath flashing, (which is required by the building code)
4) Poor workmanship
5) Lack of product knowledge
6) Incorrect sequencing of installation
When should I call a flashing contractor?
Call your flashing contractor early in your project, before you start your exterior finishes (i.e. siding, stucco, brick, etc.)
There are two key stages for flashing work:
1) Before exterior finishes are started. Flashings installed at this point are:
>Window trim flashings
>Saddle flashings/boots/wall junctions (where cap flashings meet walls)
2) After your exteriors are finished. At this point all remaining flashings are installed. This eliminates the risk of damage to the finished flashing.
Do I slope the top of my cap flashings?
Parapet walls (pony walls), should be sloped in such a way that the water flows onto the roof or deck, not away from it, as it is the fatest way to get water to the drain and prevent staining and cracking of stucco/stone or siding.