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  1. 2)Damaged and missing flashing -

  2. 3)Roofing used as flashing -

  3. 4)Amateur flashing

  4. 5)Lifted flashing

  5. 6)Caulk or mastic used to repair damaged flashing-

Having a professional roofer walk your roof every year or two to look for areas that require repair is a good idea. Roof flashing material comes in standard shapes that can be easily replaced for some areas. But, in others, the roofer will have to cut and shape replacement flashing from sheet metal.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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