A stove or fireplace is a wonderful feature for a home. It can provide heat on cold winter days; it can also give you and your family that cozy, homey feeling. If you have a stove or fireplace, it probably has a chimney to exhaust smoke and fumes – and around that chimney should be flashing. Here, our chimney flashing repair professionals explain the importance of this flashing:
What Is Chimney Flashing?
When a home builder builds a chimney into a roof, there is a space between the chimney structure and the roofing structure. This space needs to be sealed, so the builder installs layers of sheet metal around the chimney to seal it. These layers are what we call “flashing.”
Why Is It Important?
Chimney flashing provides a layer of protection for your roof. Your roof is what shields you from rain, sleet, wind, snow, and other natural elements; if there’s a space between it and your chimney, it gives these elements a way into your home. Quality chimney flashing seals this space and keeps water, wind, and debris out.
Chimney Flashing Repairs
Chimney flashing that is rusted, damaged, missing, or old could mean trouble for your home. This is also true if your home has just gone through a severe storm. Improper flashing can cause leaks and create water damage. When water damage occurs in your roofing structure, attic, and even the interior parts of your home, it compromises their integrity.
At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we have a chimney flashing repair team that can make sure your flashing is in good condition. We’ll inspect the area and make sure there’s a proper seal. We’ll check each layer and focus especially on the corners (we know corners are more vulnerable to leaks or damage) to make sure your home is safe. If we find any issues, our experts will make the necessary repairs to restore the quality of your flashing.