As a homeowner there are probably a few terms that you hear talked about but have no idea what it means. Roofing and siding are easy and anyone who buys a home will be well aware of the importance of these parts of the home. However, when someone asks about your chimney flashing the usual response is a blank stare. The chimney what? At Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors we believe every homeowner should at least be aware of the components that make up their home and chimney flashing is important because damaged flashing can lead to leaks and eventual roof replacement.
Basically, chimney flashing prevents water from entering the home at the point where the chimney and roof meet. Today most flashing is made of metal and when properly installed will ensure that the space and gaps between your chimney and roof are sealed so rain water and melting snow cannot penetrate the roof. Weakened, damaged and poorly installed flashing will create many problems for your home and in extreme cases may require the complete replacement of your roof.
The proper installation of flashing often includes two layers: step flashing and counterflashing. Step flashing involves weaving sheet metal into the shingle courses and covering the sides of the chimney. The second layer is again sheet metal but is embedded in the chimney mortar joints and folded down to cover the step flashing. If there are any gaps or open spaces when the flashing is completed it can easily be fixed with a high-quality urethane caulk.
If you have leaks coming in through your roof, especially near the chimney, it’s time to take a look at the existing flashing and determine if it needs to be replaced. Ignoring this problem will only lead to a bad situation getting much worse and the costs of replacing a roof is not cheap.
Contact us today to learn more about chimney flashing: 203-878-2411