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How Homes Are Built: Window Flashing (Ep.7) - Parade of Homes Wisconsin

August 22, 20233 min read

Window Flashing: The Science Behind Securing Your Home

Welcome back to our enlightening Parade of Homes Wisconsin series. In this seventh episode, we're unearthing the criticality of window flashing, delving deep into its significance in the home building process. As with every episode, we aim to provide insights that aren’t just foundational, but transformative.

Why Choose LP Weather Logic?

Before we get into the core topic, let's introduce LP Weather Logic. This integrated plywood sheeting comes with a unique coating that eliminates the need for traditional Tyvek or house wraps. The result? Enhanced protection for homes against moisture and the elements.

From Tape to Liquid Flashing

Historically, tape has been the preferred choice for flashing windows. At Sanctified Homes & Construction, we're always on the hunt for better building solutions. This led us to the method of using liquid flashing, a technique that offers superior protection against potential water damage.

Step-by-Step: Applying Liquid Flashing

The process of applying liquid flashing, while meticulous, ensures impeccable results. Here’s a look:

1- Preparing the Surface

Cleanliness is paramount. Before applying the seam and flashing sealant, it's vital to ensure a smooth, debris-free surface. This pretreatment step is essential for the sealant to adhere effectively and last longer.

2- Setting the Boundaries

For a refined look, marking the perimeters with tape results in a neat finish. This aids in applying the liquid flash uniformly around the window.

3- The Application

Using a battery-powered DeWalt sausage gun tube, the liquid flash is run around the window's exterior. Once the primary layer is on, it's then spread evenly with a putty knife.

The Superiority of Liquid Flashing

After allowing the liquid flashing to cure, what you have is a rubber-like barrier that's highly resistant to water intrusion. Unlike tape that can potentially let water seep behind it, liquid flashing offers an airtight seal. This means that even if water manages to breach the siding, the window sills and underlying boards remain protected against rot and water damage.

Quality Over Cost

While liquid flashing is undeniably one of the most effective methods for sealing windows, it's also a pricier option. However, when considering the long-term benefits and reduced risks of water damage, many homeowners and builders deem the cost worthwhile.

Raising Standards in Building

At Sanctified Homes & Construction, our mission has always been to push boundaries and raise the standards of home building. Whether it's innovative solutions like liquid flashing or our meticulous attention to detail, we're dedicated to delivering the very best.

Have questions about our processes or the materials we use? We're here to help, no matter where you are. To explore more about advanced building details and the meaning behind building a better home, check out our series here on YouTube.

Remember, it’s not just about constructing homes; it's about crafting futures. So, always seek to raise your standard. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and until the next episode, keep those standards high!

If you want to learn more about Sanctified Homes & Construction, checkout our homepage at WisconsinHomeBuild.com, or book a call directly on my calendar here.

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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