Chimney Flashing For Brightwaters

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Types Of Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing defends the places around the chimney from leaking water where the roof abuts the chimney. Chimney flashing is one of the most important parts of a dwelling’s chimney. Most homeowners don’t give a lot of thought to their Brightwaters home’s (or business’s) chimney flashing. When roof or chimney flashing becomes broken, it loses it imperviousness and resistance to water and causes a host of other issues. The chimney flashing or caulking used to keep the flashing in place could slowly erode, making the roof open to leaks. If water gets past your chimney flashing, there is nothing left to stop it from eroding the structure’s walls and ceilings.

There are 3 styles of chimney flashing. ‘Step flashing’ – which diverts water from the roof away from your chimney. ‘Counter flashing’ – which is installed around a chimney to forestall water from leaking into the dwelling. And ‘cricket flashing’ – which impedes water’s nature to pond on your roof. L-shaped step flashing is also laid down and tightly sealed with caulk. If water is allowed to flow down into the structure through a gap initiated by damages or missing flashing, there should be major cause for leaks.

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. If, when it starts to rain, you notice that there are areas in your dwelling that start to leak, call us immediately. Expressway’s professional chimney techs recommend you never let leaks go without address or repair for very long. Leaky roofs many a time cause additional issues to other parts of your dwelling – which may then include the growth of dangerous mold and mildew… and that canthen cost you thousands more to repair. Are there shrinking, blistering or curling shingles? Is there any water eroding into the attic or into walls that you could see?

How Does Flashing Become Leay?

Here in the NY tri-state area (and especially in Brightwaters) we get quite a bit of sun, wind, sleet, rain and snow every year. Damage producers definitely include powerful winds that will move the flashing material. Rust issues (which are common with certain styles of flashing material). Old age – i.e. many inclement winters and bad summers. If the chimney’s flashing is damaged, it will quickly become a major issue if overlooked. With so much to gain from having correctly installed or maintained flashing, it is important to ensure that the flashing is kept in optimum working order.

Chimney flashing should last about 20 years in Brightwaters’s bad climate due to the amount of wear and tear begun by our weather patterns.

Chimney Flashing Inspections

Some of the chimneys flashing that our technicians repair is the same chimney flashing that was installed when the chimney was initially built. Most of the time this can be fixed by cutting out the old metal flashing with an angle grinder and replacing it with new chimney flashing. Last – but not least – almost every fireplace crown needs to be assessed for cracks at least once a month. Our team might visit the property and assess the integrity of the dwelling’s chimney system, identify whether the flashing needs to be addressed. Chimney inspection is a small maintenance task, but it’s one that you can’t afford to overlook. Chimney problems often begins to erode chimney masonry below the roofline. If there are undiscovered cracks or compromises in this masonry, the leakage might be faster and more pervasive. Mold growth – which is typically in dark, undrafted and damp spots are perfect for growing and harboring harmful mold. Because damage happens below the roof and out of sight, clients will not become aware of a leak until a major safety and property risk occurs. We suggest you call Expressway to inspect your roof and chimney soon.

Chimney Flashing Repairs By Expressway

This is one of the reasons it’s not wise for the average client to perform a flashing installation job on their own. Reach out to our team of chimney pros today to get started! When Expressway’s expert flashing experts construct new chimney flashing, our chimney experts take the time to make sure the new flashing is a perfect fit – in terms of shape and size for your chimney and roof. We, at Expressway, would love to handle all of the chimney flashing and other structure needs. So why choose Expressway? Our chimney experts could talk about quality and the Expressway advantage. Feel free to check out our Google reviews or even look at some of Expressway’s previous work. If it’s time for a chimney flashing inspection or you know there’s trouble with the flashing, you can call us at 631.772.6363.

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