Your heating appliances and chimney make up a system all their own, but they're also part of a bigger system: your home. Your chimney and your home have some connective joints that bring them together and make them vulnerable, if not maintained. Case in point: the place where your chimney and roofline meet. Flashing is installed at this meeting point to ensure that water stays out of your chimney and out of your home. Damaged or missing flashing means vulnerability to water -- we can repair your leaking chimney.
Flashing is generally made of sheet metal, lead or copper, and consists of two main parts: step flashing - shaped like an L and integrated in with the shingles; and counter flashing -which is layered over the step flashing and embedded into the masonry.
The step flashing keeps the area where the chimney and roof meet from taking on rain; the counter flashing keeps rain from getting behind the step flashing. Together, those two parts make for an effective barrier against water.
That said, flashing can take on damage. Heavy wind can pull up edges and loosen or pull off flashing; the metal itself can sustain damage from the elements or animals; caulk around the edges can come loose. Damaged flashing can allow water to then damage your roof, your chimney, your attic, ceilings and other areas.
Every chimney is unique and flashing installation is detailed, custom work that needs to be done by a professional. We can custom design and install flashing that suits your chimney and your home.
If you think there might be a problem with your flashing, don't reach for your roofing company's number -- call A-1 Chimney Specialist. We respect and have great relationships with many roofing companies in the area, and when we see a problem that requires roofing expertise, that's where we turn. But flashing is a part of the chimney system, and we install and repair flashing every day. When there's a problem, we'll know how to find it and how to fix it correctly and durably - it's our expertise.
If you see a problem with your chimney flashing, or have a leak and think your flashing might be part of the problem, call A-1 Chimney Specialist. We have been repairing and installing flashing in the Tullahoma and Winchester, Tenn., area since 2000, and we want to help make your chimney as strong and waterproof as it can be.
Waterproofing your chimney could extend its life and fix that dangerous leaky chimney. Give us a call today to discuss your options on your chimney, if you can have it repaired or restored.