Does all roof flashing look this bad or was it done wrong

Hired one of the more expensive and reputable roofers in Toronto and I think the flashing looks like crap! Is it just me or was this done bad and what are the options to fix this? Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Can only add one photo at a time

Without understanding exactly what was encountered to necessitate the way the flashing was done, it would be unfair to criticize the outcome’s function. Flashings serve to be functional and that is sometimes at the expense of aesthetics. It seems like reasonable care was undertaken with the installation as I have seen some pretty awful flashings. I think you need to evaluate the function of the flashings and then address the aesthetics as nothing will look amazing against the brick. I see why black was chosen but I agree it’s pretty harsh against the brick background.

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Thank you so much! They told me they couldn’t do flashing the way I wanted it because when they pull out the old flashing they can’t have it in the same place because there are existing holes in the wall so there won’t be integrity. I would have thought they could nail it in another spot or since my new flashing is about 3-4 inches higher cut it at a higher point and install like the photo I attached.

Either way, do you think there should be so many cuts and why couldn’t they hide them better and do better chalking job. Here is what I wanted it to look like but I guess the flashing would be a bit higher if they didn’t want to use existing holes.

The overlapping bends could have been smaller but maybe the bricks were weak and they needed to fasten further into the wall, who knows. Short of replacing the flashing, an option might be to paint the new flashing although the black caulking will make that difficult. If this is in a prominent location, I can see how the current outcome is visually unappealing. I do also agree some discussion with the contractor surrounding aesthetics is warranted.

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Yeah, that’s ugly. But it’s quick and cheap.


Basically spoke to the contractor and he said it’s supposed to be like that. He said it’s done correctly. Lol. How do I argue that? Every other house I’ve seen it isn’t like this.

Here is his response:

It’s very difficult to do the same kind of system and have it perform because of the fact that we have to put the Nails in the same area. The previous guys did in the concrete has no integrity anymore.

I’m sorry, but the cuts have to be there and you have to overlap the metal a few If you look back at the first photo, you attached to me of the new flashing, you will see that they are complete pieces. They are not small pieces. They are complete pieces. There is one piece for the side of the chimney, one piece that goes in the front of the chimney, one piece that goes from the corner of the chimney/wall all the way down to the front of the home, then one piece around the corner which you highlighted in red. There’s no other possible way to have less pieces. This is done exactly as it should be.

Just noticed the counterflash is NAILED to the shingles, creating low spots. Looks like another DGAF Roofing LLC job. How many SQ an hour? How many roofs a day? Let’s talk about how many callbacks and how many new roof repairs instead…

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I may be wrong, but am I to understand you disapprove? I’m going out on a limb here … :wink:

Do you know why there is a step flashing attached to the roof and a counterflashing attached to the wall?
EDIT… should be.

Yes, I do understand the application of both step flashings and counter flashings. Sorry for not being as upset as you and trying to inject humor to a humorless situation. I’ll go back to my corner now.

Pity party is at 4, til then suck it up buttercup

They ruined your brick by cutting a slot diagonally through it rather than taking the time to fabricate and install stepped counter flashing in the mortar joints.

It’s likely that they simply don’t know what the right way is and this is what they were taught.

There is a lot of that in residential roofing, everybody thinks their way is the right way.

The right way is defined by the NRCA, National Roofing Contractors Association.


Angled Counter flashing isn’t uncommon around here even in brick. I am not really concerned about that as a well cut reglet can be re-used for the next couple roofs. The nailed flange on the roof at a rake wall is a problem. Even apron wall flanges that are nailed will leak when they get older. The way this is done there is no way to verify if step flashing is on the wall or not. If there is no step then the only way this might not leak in a heavy rain or under snow is if they ran ice & water up the wall and turned it up the brick 3-4 inches.

I also personally dislike using nails into brick or stone. The turned ends can be easily pop riveted and the top can have lead wedges put into the reglet to hold the metal in place.


Sorry not sure what you mean by this. Does that mean it’s bad? They used IKO Dynasty shingles.

Lol…you can say that for sure!

Just wondering how do you know they cut into the brick? I thought they just covered it with caulking? So if I have another company do it properly, they will need to fix the brick too?

I guess the question is do I pay for this work or hire another company to clean up this mess and find a lawyer?

You say IKO like it’s a good thing?? Worst shingle in our market

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