Poorly Sealed or Installed Flashing? Reach Out to Our Experts
A properly installed stove, fireplace, or insert can do a lot in terms of increasing the value of your home. But if it’s not working correctly, or if your chimney is starting to fall apart, then it can actually do more harm than good. Not only is a home with an unusable fireplace less marketable, but you’ll be more prone to experience water damage too, which puts the rest of your home at risk.
Long story short… without proper protection and preventive measures put in place, your chimney will weaken, and you’ll be more likely to experience water stains, rotted woodwork, mold growth, rust, and more throughout your home.
What Is Flashing & Why Does My Chimney Need It?
Flashing is a series of metal sheets that prevent water from entering a specific area. It essentially covers the more vulnerable areas of a home or building, so that moisture can’t seep in and damage the walls, bricks, ceilings, and more.
Why (and where) is it needed on your chimney? Chimney flashing is meant to cover the area where the roof meets up with the sides of your chimney. Your roofing materials and your chimney materials differ a lot, which means that won’t always be expanding and contracting at the same rates. This leaves a perfect area for water to easily enter your home and wreak havoc.
Flashing blocks water out completely, ensuring it simply rolls down your roof and away from your home. That said, it needs to be professionally installed, or else you may find yourself with weak areas that can eventually face rust. And if even a tiny portion of your flashing is suffering, you can bet water will find its way into your home, causing all kinds of issues in the process.
What Can Cause Flashing Damage?
There are a number of things that can trigger damage to your flashing. Some of the more common causes are:
- Animal tampering
- Bad weather
- Collisions with flying debris
- Rusting or rotting
- Old age/wear and tear
- Strong winds
- Freezing temps, snow & ice
Keep in mind, though – the better your flashing is installed, the less likely any of these is to occur. Trust our team from the very start to avoid costly, time-consuming, and altogether stressful issues later on.