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Question DetailsAsked on 5/15/2014

Is gutter flashing supposed to push up the shingles?

I just had gutters and flashing installed and the flashing is installed in a way that pushes the shingles up. In the worst places, I can stick my hand between the flashing and the shingles. I am assuming that this is incorrect installation of the gutter flashing and its not just going to lay flat over time. I'm very concerned that wind will come along and rip the starter row of shingles off.

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You are exactly right - the fascia flashing or drip edge should fit in under the shingles and the ice and water shield/underlayment, and will lift the shingles by the thickness of the sheet metal, but should not tilt them up noticeably. Sounds like instead of removing the first row of nails to install the flashing then renailing, they just lifted the shingles and shoved it up in there, quite possibly crumpling and bulging the edge of the flashing against the nails, resulting in the lifting. This is VERY common - though not right.


The shingles will eventually bend back into a flatter position with hot sun, but I would worry about a sag remaining in the shingles that will hold water and result in rapid deterioration and a row of leaks. I would have them come back and do it right.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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