Chimney Flashing For Lake Success

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NEW CHIMNEY FLASHING FOR LAKE SUCCESS, LONG ISLAND

The Importance Of Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing is your Lake Success property’s first line of defense against water damage. Chimney flashing is one of the most essential parts of a home’s chimney. Chimney flashing is rarely seen – or even noticed – until something goes bad with it. Roof flashing is installed to stop your Lake Success property from water leakage and is normally placed around vents, chimneys and skylights. Chimney flashings are generally made of thin copper, galvanized steel or aluminum sheets that are usually mounted beneath the roof’s shingles. Warped or missing flashing can lead to a serious water leak and severe harm to your Lake Success home and parts of the chimney.

Chimney flashing’s purpose is to prevent rain water and melting snow. Flashing has two layers: “step flashing” and “counter flashing.” Chimney flashing is made typically from sheet metal strips that are fashioned to fit securely around the base of your chimney where it intersects with the roof. Expressway provides flashing inspections, preventative maintenance and chimney inspections to defend your chimney as well as the roof and attic from the inevitable deterioration caused by excessive water infiltration.

Checking For Chimney Flashing Damage

Even if your roof looks 100% fine after a heavy rain or snow storm, there could still be underlying leakage that can go unnoticed to a novice eye. Water stains could indicate the start of a leaking problem. Expressway’s trained chimney techs recommend you never let leaks go without address or repair for very long. On your dwelling’s roof, do you see mold, algae, mildew or fungus growth? Are there shrinking, blistering or curling shingles? Is there any water damaging into the attic or into walls that you can see?

Do I Need My Chimney Flashing Looked At?

Here in the NY tri-state area (and especially in Lake Success) we get quite a bit of sun, wind, sleet, rain and snow every year. Squirrels, raccoons and other animals that enjoy chewing on the flashing. Rust issues (which are common with certain selections of flashing material). Old age – i.e. many cold winters and hot summers. Flashing that has deteriorated from the elements will eventually cause damage to the roofing system, as your chimney flashing helps impede water damages from occurring to the roof deck and shingle system. With so much to gain from having correctly installed or maintained flashing, it is important to ensure that your flashing is kept in prime working order.

Whether you have a fireplace that is built with masonry stone or brick you’ll have to protect the chimney flashing so that it won’t leak.

Chimney Flashing Inspections

Many of the property’s chimneys in Lake Success are over 50 years old or more and failing. The next part that our pros 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. Chimney crown cracks are one of the principal reasons that chimney can leak past the chimney flashing. Chimney inspection is a small maintenance task, but it’s one that you can’t afford to overlook. Chimney harm usually begins to erode chimney masonry below the roofline. If there are undiscovered cracks or compromises in this masonry, the damage can be faster and more pervasive. Wall boards, insulation, electrical wiring and other home building materials can be severely harmed by regular water intrusion. Mold is known to be harmful to humans and pets and if water is leaking down into your property, the growth can be widespread and very expensive to remedy. We suggest you call Expressway to inspect your roof and chimney soon.

Expressway: The Premier Chimney Repair Technicians

This is one of the reasons it’s not good for the average property owner to perform a flashing installation fix on their own. Remember: One company doesn’t always fit all. When Expressway’s fully-trained qualified professionals build new chimney flashing, we take the time to make sure the new metal flashing is a perfect fit – in terms of shape and size for the chimney and roof. We, at Expressway, would love to handle all of your chimney flashing and other dwelling needs. However, we know that there are a ton of other chimney contractors options to choose from. Our pros let our work speak for itself. If it’s time for a chimney flashing inspection or you know there’s trouble with your flashing, you can reach us at 631.772.6363.

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