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CARE Cuts: A Pig Ear Can Save Time and Money

By GAF Roof Views

September 18, 2017

Pig Ear for shingle roof

You don't have to spend money on pre-made flashing for kick-out areas. They are an important part of flashing, but fabricating them yourself using the pig ear technique is easier than you think — with no cuts. And hey, if you can roof a home: you can make a pig ear flashing!

Check out this quick how-to video and start saving your business time and money.

About CARE Cuts: Whether you are looking for shingle or commercial roofing installation techniques, business-building tools, in-home selling tips, or DIY ideas to make your work life easier, CARE Cuts, a video series from the GAF Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence (CARE), is here to deliver the expertise you need.

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