Chimney Flashing For Blue Point

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The Importance Of Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing cushions the sections around the chimney from leaking water where the roof joins the chimney. Chimney flashing is one of the most overlooked sections in the upkeep of a structure. Most clients don’t give a lot of thought to their Blue Point home’s (or business’s) chimney flashing. When roof or chimney flashing becomes problematic, it loses it imperviousness and resistance to water and starts a host of other problems. Roof flashings are generally made of thin copper, galvanized steel or aluminum sheets that are most commonly mounted beneath the roof’s shingles. Replacing the chimney flashing (or flashing sealants) from time to time could go a long way in water tightening the roof and defending your Blue Point property.

There are 3 types of chimney flashing. ‘Step flashing’ – which diverts water from the roof away from your chimney. ‘Counter flashing’ – which is installed around a chimney to prevent water from leaking into the property. And ‘cricket flashing’ – which stops water’s nature to pond on your roof. L-shaped step flashing is also laid down and tightly sealed with caulk. When installed exactly, chimney flashing may serve you well for many years.

Chimney Flashing Issues To Look For

Even if your roof looks 100% fine after a heavy rain or snow storm, there could still be underlying problems that can go unnoticed to a novice eye. Water stains could indicate the start of a leaking problem. Expressway’s expert chimney techs recommend you never let leaks go without address or repair for very long. Leaky roofs oftentimes cause additional damage to other parts of your structure – which can then include the growth of harmful mold and mildew… and that couldthen cost the owner thousands more to repair. Are there shrinking, blistering or curling shingles? Is there any water infiltrating into the attic or into walls that you may see?

Leave The Flashing Repairs To A Professional

Here in the NY tri-state area (and especially in Blue Point) we get quite a bit of sun, wind, sleet, rain and snow every year. Damage producers definitely include harsh winds that will dislodge the flashing material. Rust issues (which are common with certain selections of flashing material). Old age – i.e. many inclement winters and harsh summers. If your chimney’s flashing is broken, it could quickly become a major issue if passed over. With so much to gain from having properly installed or maintained flashing, it is important to ensure that the flashing is kept in efficient working order.

Some Signs Your Chimney may Need New Flashing:

  • your flashing is dislodged or missing
  • the flashing is rusted or rotted through
  • the flashing is now coming dislodged
  • your flashing is covered with roofing tar
  • You’re installing new roof shingles – or having other roofing work done
  • Your chimney is leaking water into your structure.

Chimney Flashing Problems

Some of the chimneys flashing that our pros repair is the same chimney flashing that was installed when the chimney was first built. The next thing that our chimney experts would look for is if the bricks that are above the chimney flashing need to be repaired Last – but not least – almost every fireplace crown needs to be analyzed for cracks at least once a month. Our team may visit the property and assess the integrity of your structure’s chimney system, identify whether the flashing needs to be fixed. If the chimney’s flashing is rusting and breaking away from your roof, Expressway’s team may replace all of the flashing around the places in question and help to keep the home’s roof protected. Chimney leakage usually begins to erode chimney masonry below the roofline. If there are undiscovered cracks or compromises in this masonry, the leakage can be faster and more pervasive. Wall boards, insulation, electrical wiring and other structure building materials can be severely damaged by regular water infiltration. Mold is known to be risky to humans and pets and if water is infiltrating down into your structure, the growth may be widespread and very expensive to remedy. We suggest you call Expressway to inspect your roof and chimney soon.

Expressway Chimney Flashing Repair Contractors

This is one of the reasons it’s not advisable for the average customer to perform a flashing installation job on their own. Reach out to Expressway’s team of flashing experts today to get started! When Expressway’s expert flashing technicians build new chimney flashing, our technicians take the time to make sure the new flashing is a perfect fit – in terms of shape and size for your chimney and roof. Our technicians have the proper tools and training and take pride in doing every project correctly the first time. So why choose Expressway? We could talk about quality and the Expressway advantage. Feel free to check out our Google reviews or even look at some of our previous work. If it’s time for a chimney flashing inspection or you know there’s trouble with the flashing, you may call Blue Point’s local chimney experts at 631.772.6363.

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