Building a new deck this summer? The most missed detail we see on our home inspections is the flashing shown in this illustration by Carson Dunlop. Without it moisture can get trapped and start to rot your rim joist, affecting both your house and your new deck.

Realizing their error many homeowners install caulking at the connection, but this is band-aid solution only. Do it right the first time and you won’t have to worry!

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