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What Is Counter Flashing?

If you own a fireplace, then you know how important it is to keep your chimney in good condition. Fortunately, the team at A-1 Chimney Specialist, we have the tools to ensure and protect your chimney for many years. A great place to start is your flashing.

All About Flashing

rainbow behind a houseIn general, flashing consists of pieces of metal that cover the area where your roof meets your chimney. Why does this spot need special attention? Well, your roofing materials and chimney materials expand and contract at different rates, so often times there is a sizable gap through which water could enter. Water can take a big toll on your masonry in a hurry. A chimney without flashing in place will face quite a bit of damage over time.

Base Flashing, Step Flashing & Counter Flashing

There are a few different types of flashing, and they all work together to give you the protection you need. Your base flashing is a single piece of metal that lines the base of your chimney and extends over the shingles. The step flashing is similar, only it is installed along the sloping edges of the chimney.

Once these pieces are installed, that vulnerable area between your roof and chimney is protected, but the base flashing itself needs to be protected, too. That’s where counter flashing comes in. These pieces are installed directly to your masonry, and they cover the top portion of your base and step flashing, ensuring water stays out for good.

As you can see, all three parts work together to help your chimney stand stronger and sturdier for the long haul. All in all, flashing plays a big part in your structure’s safety, and it helps you run your fireplace as safely and as efficiently as possible with every burning season. Ready to get yours installed? Then, call our team of experts to help. Our CSIA certified crew is qualified, and we are confident that we can handle any and all of your flashing needs with ease.

Not A Do-It-Yourself Job

Flashing can seem like a simple task, especially if you are a notoriously successful do-it-yourselfer. However, it is actually a lot more complicated. Getting a tight seal is the only way to guarantee water will not enter, and we would hate to see a homeowner gain a false sense of security, only to face a waterfall in their chimney a few weeks later.

Every chimney is also unique, so it is important to ensure each piece is customized specifically to your structure. Call on our experts from the start and save yourself the stress and financial strain that comes with addressing chimney damage. Reach out to us at 931-967-3595 today!