Is Your Chimney’s Flashing Leaking?
We all want water to stay out of and away from our chimneys where they meet the roofline, and that’s why flashing is so important. These metal strips cover the chimney base at the roofline, weave into the shingles, and shield this vulnerable area from water entry. Without it, this section of the home would be extremely vulnerable to leaks.
But sometimes, water still makes its way in. How?
- Problems With Flashing Installation — In order to be effective, flashing has to be installed strategically and without gaps, dents, or excessive nail holes. Unfortunately, not every flashing installation is done correctly. Gaps in the flashing will provide pathways for water, while dents and nail holes will create gathering places for water to settle and rust through. Over time, all of these installation issues can lead to chimney leaks and water damage.
- Animal Tampering — Furry or feathery animals may look harmless, but they can actually mess with your flashing, pulling it up, or causing dents and areas for moisture to gather. Squirrels and raccoons are notorious for messing with flashing, and these little critters can cause big water problems as a result.
- Wind & Weather Damage — Just as animals can lift and dent flashing, so can strong winds and storms. The beating rain and settling snow or ice can also lead to rusted flashing and chimney leaks.
Isn’t Flashing Designed To Resist Weather Damage & Tampering?
While quality copper and stainless steel flashing is designed to be corrosion resistant and to last for years, not all metal flashing can stand up to the abuse. It’s imperative that flashing be professionally and properly installed, and that it be crafted from the highest quality metal — metal that can withstand moisture and abuse, without failing. But even still, it’s important to keep an eye on your flashing and to regularly check for gaps, lifted areas, trouble spots, and signs of damage.
The Importance Of Annual Inspections
Because most homeowners don’t spend much time up on their roofs, staying on top of flashing damage and chimney leaks can be a challenge. That’s one of the reasons why annual chimney inspections are such an important part of home maintenance.
If you have your chimney inspected by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney professional each and every year, chimney leaks and flashing issues should be caught in the early stages, before extensive damage is done.
Are you keeping up with annual inspections? This simple and affordable service is designed to protect your home and prevent devastating damage and costly repairs — so don’t skip it!
We Provide Fast & Effective Flashing Repair & Replacement
Should we find damage to your flashing during an inspection, we can repair it or replace it with high-quality, rust-resistant flashing, so you can be confident moisture will stay out.
Our team has more than 30 years of experience repairing and replacing chimney flashing, and we know which installation techniques and materials work. When we’re done, you can be confident your chimney will have the protection it needs to keep leaks at bay.
We can also apply a flashing sealant, which can cover your flashing with a flexible, long-lasting waterproof membrane, giving an added layer of protection — just ask!
Request An Appointment To Have Your Flashing Looked At Today
Is your flashing allowing water into your chimney and roof? Call Top Hat Chimney & Roofing, Inc. and let our certified and dependable professionals resolve your leak, fast. We’re highly trained, dependable, and enthusiastic about providing the absolute best service in Fayetteville and beyond. Call 479-751-0432 or request an appointment online today.