Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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These flashings are not required in many municipalities, so the question is a bit moot. Absent of these flashings, would you call it a defect?. Technically, the first course of shingles are supposed to direct rain water into the gutter
My point to Dave B in a private message was that the answer choices were misleading and technically incorrect.
True edge flashing is most often seen on flat roofs where no parapet is present.
Answer choice #4 can also fit step flashing, where a vertical structure comes into contact with a roof. The answer is technically incorrect for edge flashing. Since edge flashing affects the fascia, which is behind the gutter, the alternate of choice "a" was a bit misleading, given the inconsistency of answer #4. Edge flashing does protect the roof sheathing, sort of (I guess), so answer "c" may also fit the bill, but not really...
The bigger point is that edge flashing is not installed on approximately 80% of the roofs I inspect. It is also not mentioned in Carson Dunlop's Illustrated Home, is not mentioned in the NACHI glossary, is not illustrated or mentioned in the NIBI textbooks (a home inspection school), and is quite often absent from the roof.
If we are to ask questions, I believe the questions should be more common to the things we see, and are likely to see. The answers must be clear and concise. The questions and answers should also be kept in the truest context of our scope of inspection, and standards of practice. We should steer clear of code requirements, as codes are interpreted and enforced differently throughout the country, and picking the "most correct" answer.
My 2 cents...
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