CHIMNEY FLASHING IN MORICHES
The Importance of Chimney Flashing
Chimney flashing cushions the places around the chimney from leaking water where the roof meets the chimney. Chimney flashing is one of the most forgotten areas in the conservation of a residence. Chimney flashing is rarely seen – or even noticed – until something goes bad with it. When roof or chimney flashing becomes harmful, it loses it imperviousness and resistance to water and causes a host of other issues. Chimney flashings are generally made of thin copper, galvanized steel or aluminum sheets that are usually mounted beneath the roof’s shingles. Chimney flashing is the last line of defense from water damage.
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 impede water from leaking into the structure. And ‘cricket flashing’ – which hampers water’s nature to pond on the roof. Counter flashing surrounds the top ridge gap of the L-flashing and is secured by embedding it into the chimney masonry. If water is allowed to flow down into your property through a gap caused by broken or missing flashing, there should be major cause for alarm.
Checking For Chimney Flashing Damage
Following a storm, walk around your residence and inspect for water stains in your ceiling using a flashlight if possible. Water stains could indicate the start of a leaking problem. Our trained flashing techs will find the source of the problem and fix it ASAP. On your home’s roof, do you see mold, algae, mildew or fungus growth? If you notice mold, shrinking, blistering or curling shingles, reach an expert chimney flashing company such as Expressway to inspect your home’s roof and recommend an appropriate course of action before it’s too late.
How Does Flashing Become Damaged?
Here in the NY tri-state area (and especially in Moriches 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 types 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 forestall water damages from occurring to your roof deck and shingle system. With so much to gain from having correctly installed or maintained flashing, it’s important to ensure that the flashing is kept in efficient working order.
Whether you have a fireplace that is built with masonry stone or brick you’ll have to maintain the chimney flashing so that it won’t leak.
Spotting Damaged Chimney Flashing
Many of the chimneys flashing that our chimney experts repair is the same chimney flashing that was installed when the chimney was first built. The next factor that our pros would look for is if the bricks that are above the chimney flashing need to be fixed Last – but not least – almost every fireplace crown needs to be checked for cracks at least once a month. Expressway’s team will visit the property and assess the integrity of the dwelling’s chimney system, identify whether your 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 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. Mold growth – which is usually in dark, undrafted and damp sections are perfect for growing and harboring mold. Because leakage happens below the roof and out of sight, customers may 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.
Expressway Chimney Flashing Repair Pros
Because there are so many parts and components of the chimney system, flashing must be customized exactly in order to work well. One chimney contractor doesn’t fit all. Part of Expressway’s scheduled chimney inspection service includes a close up look at the chimney flashing. Our pros have the right tools and training and take pride in doing every job properly the first time. So why choose us? We could talk about quality and the Expressway advantage. Our pros let our work speak for itself. Our chimney experts know that after you take a look, you will see just how much dignity our technicians take in each task.
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