Excess rainfall and flash floods are not something we’re strangers to in this part of the state, which is why the team at A-1 Chimney Specialist urges our customers to be prepared. Water damage can be devastating to a home and chimney as homeowners are forced to replace and repair various things throughout the household. That doesn’t even account for the sentimental items or important documents that simply cannot be replaced!
If you’re ready to stay ahead of the game, then count on our CSIA certified and highly experienced crew to set you up right. When it comes to making homes in our service areas safer, there’s nothing we take more seriously!
Flashing is one piece of your chimney’s anatomy that needs to be in tip-top shape to ensure a safer and better protected home. So, what is it exactly? Well, flashing is a sheet of metal, lead, or copper that seals the area where the roof and chimney meet. It’s set in place to allow the two different materials to expand and contract at their own pace, without leaving any gaps for excess water to enter your home.
Our crew installs flashing in two parts: step flashing and counter flashing. Step flashing is L-shaped and installed with your shingles, and counter flashing is put on overtop the step flashing and is embedded into the masonry. With both of these pieces in place, you can guarantee water won’t be getting in any time soon!
As durable as our products are, that doesn’t mean they don’t face wear and tear from time to time. Curious animals can tear things apart, and strong winds are known for triggering issues, too. If your flashing has become loose, rusted, bent, or damaged in some other way, tell us about it right away! Putting it off could lead to a lot of costly repair work should heavy rains come around sooner than you think.
Many wonder if flashing is one of those projects they can take on themselves. We highly recommend trusting a professional to handle any and all of your flashing repair and installation work. There’s not really a one-size-fits-all option for flashing jobs. Every chimney is different and needs a different approach, so it takes a knowledgeable and skilled sweep to get everything fitted just right.
Needless to say, flashing that is installed incorrectly will only lead to more damages. If the seal isn’t tight, you’ll be facing more issues than you care to handle, and any money saved on do-it-yourself labor will be thrown down the drain for repair work and replacement parts. Count on our team from the very start, so you don’t have to stress about bad weather ruining your home and chimney. We’ll set everything up right, so you’re good to go, no matter what!
There’s no time to lose. Call today.