We Provide Reliable Flashing Repair Services, So Your System Isn’t Left Vulnerable
Our homes are built to be strong, durable, and long-lasting, which is why it’s hard to believe that something like exposure to water could end up causing them major damage. Unfortunately, moisture is one of the worst things your chimney and home can come into contact with, which is why investing in preventive services is a must.
And when it comes to preventing water entry, flashing plays a big role in protecting your home.
What Is Chimney Flashing?
Not totally clear on what flashing is? No worries – that’s what we’re here for. An informed customer is a safer and more empowered customer, so we’re happy to keep you knowledgeable and up to date on all things chimney-related.
Your flashing is the waterproof metal seal that covers the area where your roof and chimney meet up. Both your roof and chimney expand and contract based on a number of factors, and because they’re made from different materials, they don’t do this in sync. These movements are so slight that you may think it’s no big deal, but they actually create the perfect opportunity for water to enter.
That said, if properly installed flashing is in place, water won’t stand a chance of breaking in. It’ll simply roll off your flashing and down your roof, keeping your chimney system and home dry and protected.
Chimney flashing is made up of a few parts:
- Base (or Step) Flashing: Base flashing is applied to the vulnerable area (where the roof and chimney meet), and it is composed of a series of pieces that look a bit like steps.
- Counter Flashing: Counter flashing is installed over the base flashing to offer another layer of protection against water entry. It helps to seal the top of the base flashing and is then embedded into the mortar joints of the chimney to hold secure.
- Saddle Flashing (when applicable): If your chimney is wider than 30 inches, it may need saddle flashing (also known as a cricket). This is a peak built beside the chimney to ensure water can effectively flow off and doesn’t end up pooling on one side.
How to Know if Your Flashing Needs Repairs
Many homeowners ask if there are any obvious signs of flashing damage that they can watch out for.
First off, keep an eye out for any leaks. There are lots of reasons your chimney might be leaking, but damaged flashing is often a contributor to this. Noticing water stains on the walls and ceiling surrounding your chimney? This is another clear-cut sign that your flashing isn’t doing its job. You should also watch for rust on the flashing itself. Rust typically means water is pooling up and sitting on your flashing, which will cause the metal to deteriorate well before it should.
Essentially, any of the classic signs of water-related damage could indicate that your flashing is failing, so be on the lookout for damaged brickwork, missing mortar joints, rotted woodwork, mold growth, and any other indicators of water invasion. If any area of your chimney system is looking worrisome, give us a call.
Why DIY Isn’t the Right Choice for Flashing Repairs
We get the appeal of do-it-yourself projects. If you’re known for being handy, it may seem like a good option to tackle flashing repairs or installation yourself. And in this day and age, finding steps for doing so isn’t a problem.
We strongly advise against this, both for your safety and the health of your chimney.
If the appropriate materials aren’t used and the job isn’t done just right, you simply won’t get the results you need, and your chimney will face damage. You might be saving money now by doing it yourself, but chances are, you’ll end up needing costly repairs down the line. Avoid the cost and headache by having the job done by an experienced pro.
Not only will a pro know exactly what products to use and how to offer the greatest protection, they’ll also know how to safely do the job. Working on this part of your roof is dangerous. If you aren’t well-versed on how to navigate the spot, a slip or fall could easily occur. And if you don’t have the necessary safety equipment or harnesses, you’ll likely be adding some doctor bills onto your project budget. Not worth it.
Our Certified Sweeps Can Handle It All
Take the stress out of the equation by calling on our experienced and educated sweeps today. We’re certified with both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI), and we pride ourselves on doing the job right.
Reach out on our website or give us a call at 636-225-3340. We’ll speak with you soon!