In this blog, we explore the more common types of flashings and trims, plus gutters for the roofing and cladding industry. There is an almost infinite range of profiles that can be manufactured to suit many applications.
South East Fabricators specialises in the bespoke manufacture of high-quality products for the roofing and cladding industry.
What are sheet metal flashings, trims and gutters?
Flashings and trims are primarily used to close off corners and edges of the building to prevent water ingress. Gutters are used to collect the water from the roof and dispose of at ground level or into below ground drainage.
As well as providing a practical weatherproofing solution, flashings and trims can also be used as an architectural feature when manufactured in colours contrasting to the main building envelope.
Below are details of the most common flashings supplied by us:
1. Barge Boards:
Barge boards can be used in various locations on a building, including the gable ends, eaves line and corners. They can also be used to close off around doors and windows. The barge boards can be manufactured in colours to either match the surrounding cladding or a contrasting colour to give your building an architecturally striking appearance.
South East Fabricators can supply barge boards in a variety of sizes, materials, finishes and colours, typically in a standard 3m length.
2. Abutment Flashings:
Abutment flashings are primarily used at the intersection of a vertical wall and a lower roof, diverting rainwater from the wall and onto the roof. This prevents water ingress into the building.
The abutment flashings can be manufactured in various materials, finishes and colours to match the surrounding cladding or provide a contrast.
3. Header Flashing:
Header flashings are typically located above doors, windows and other reveals to close off against the weather. They also reduce rainwater dripping onto the doors and windows themselves.
We can manufacture the header flashings to your exact requirements and in a variety of materials, finishes and colours, typically in a standard 3m length.
4. Parapet Flashing:
Parapet flashings are located along the top of parapet walls to protect the wall from weathering and prevent water ingress into the building. When manufactured in a contrasting colour they can be an architectural feature for the building.
All our flashings are made to order so we can manufacture the parapet flashings to your design and in a variety of materials, finishes and colours, typically in a standard 3m length.
5. Zed Trim:
Zed trims can be used in multiple applications including joining two different elevations, closing off along sheet edges and providing support.
South East Fabricators are able to manufacture the zed trims to your requirements in a variety of materials (including galvanised), finishes and colours, typically in a standard 3m length.
6. Ridge Cap:
The ridge of your roof is typically the most exposed part of the roof and prone to water penetration. Ridge caps close off the gap where the roof sheets on either side of the pitch meet at the apex. The ridge caps are usually manufactured in the same colour as the surrounding cladding but can be produced in a contrasting colour to provide an architectural feature.
7. Drip Flashing:
Drip flashings are typically used at the base of the side/wall cladding to divert water away from the building’s walls, doors, windows etc. They can be supplied to colour match the cladding sheets or in a contrasting colour. Our flashings are typically supplied in 3m lengths.
8. Shadowline Barge Board:
Shadowline barge boards are used along the eaves and gables of the building. The shadowline provides an architectural feature to a standard barge board creating a more aesthetically pleasing feature. They can be supplied in a wide range of materials, finishes and colours.
9. Shadowline Parapet Flashing:
Shadowline parapet flashings are located along the top of a parapet wall to protect the wall from weathering and prevent water ingress into the building. The shadowline provides an architectural feature to a standard parapet flashing. We can supply shadowline parapet flashings in a wide variety of materials, finishes and colours, typically in a standard 3m length.
Gutters are mostly used along the eaves of the building or in the valley where two adjacent buildings join. Different types of guttering can be used depending on its application, including trimline gutters, box gutters and valley gutters. It is essential that the correct size of gutter is used dependent on the roof size and number of gutter outlets. We are able to manufacture the gutters to your exact requirements in pre-finished steel, galvanised steel and aluminium.
South East Fabricators – supplying flashings, trims and gutters for new build, refurbishment or repair projects.
Our skilled and dedicated team at South East Fabricators pride themselves on their workmanship to provide quality products.
Contact our friendly sales team to discuss your requirements and we will be pleased to provide advice and help you with your project.