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James Hardie Kickout Flashing - Stop the water entry!!!

James Hardie Kickout Flashing - Stop the water entry!!!

THIMichaelLeavittAll of North America is coming to know James Hardie as one of the premier cemetitious sidings for residential and commercial structures. We are finally starting to see more of it than vinyl siding on newer construction. I love James Hardie and HardiePlank because they have such good installation specs for their products. When an installation is done wrong, then I find it is very easy to research their website and find the correct detail and installation description. Their information has long been a great resource for several of my specialty websites, one of which is is not a site devoted to 50 ways to kick your children out of your house. Instead, it is a website devoted to one piece of flashing that is critical to keeping the wood framed walls of a house dry and sturdy. My fellow inspectors thought I was a bit crazy to build a website devoted to one particular flashing, but they had already seen the fruits of my labors with a prior website devoted to a faulty piece of plastic pipe inside water heaters with the site titled

Since I get all giddy over diptubes and kickout flashings, you can imagine my joy when I opened an email earlier today from a product installation specialist with James Hardie. It read...


Thanks for the resources on your website.  I have included the James Hardie Kick-out detail to add to your library. 

I'm getting some serious push-back from roofers and builders who don't want to put a dimes worth of tin up to potentially save thousands of dollars. 


Carter Coleman - Installation Specialist - James Hardie Building Products
Washington • Idaho • Montana • Wyoming
509.847.5136 voice • 509.534.4065 facsimile

JH Kickout-MDL

I love this detail because they have included the need for the self-adhering membrane to be in behind the actual lower roof to wall connection as well as felt and/or roofing felt along the roof deck an up the vertical wall. And all of this comes before the installation of the step flashing and roofing material. This is a fail-safe trouble free installation that if followed, it would make this website completely unnecessary. But to do this, it will require roofers and builders to adopt a new mentality of putting “a dimes worth of tin up to potentially save thousands of dollars!” Make it a great day! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah



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