Chimney Rebuild

FLASHING FAILS? WHAT NOW?

April 18, 2018

The flashing on your roof isn’t very flashy. But while it doesn’t look like anything important, flashing — especially around your chimney — has a very important job: keep water out of your home.

And if your flashing fails, you can expect to fix damaged walls and ceilings and replace rotting wood damaged by water.

Flashing around your chimney fills the slight gaps between your roofing and the brick or stone chimney.

Most chimney flashing actually is a two-part system that includes an L-shaped metal piece that adheres to the roof and the chimney.

The second part of the system is called the counter flashing, which covers the metal from the L-shaped piece on the chimney. Ideally, the counter flashing has a 90-degree bend at the top that is rooted between layers of brick in your chimney. If embedding the bend in between bricks isn’t possible, caulking or an asphalt roofing compound is often used to create a water resistant seal.

But over time, flashing fails. Sometimes the caulking or asphalt roofing compound deteriorates in the weather or sometimes the metal flashing rusts through. Regardless of the reason, fixing the flashing as soon as possible will ensure you keep your home free from water and moisture.

If your flashing has failed, hiring a fireplace service company like Rooftop Chimney Sweeps Inc. should be your first call. Not only can Rooftop Chimney Sweeps repair your flashing around your chimney, but we can inspect your chimney both inside and out for any damage caused by the leaking flashing.

But our services go beyond fixing flashing. While we’re up on your roof, we can perform chimney cap repair, chimney crown repair and a host of other services to ensure your chimney is free from defect and efficient.

If you’re in Washington, D.C., or surrounding area home’s flashing has failed, contact us today.

You May Also Like

4 Dangers of a Damaged Chimney Flue in Richmond, VA

4 Dangers of a Damaged Chimney Flue in Richmond, VA

Your chimney flue is a small piece that comes out from the chimney on your roof that looks similar to a pipe. It keeps both the chimney and the inside of your home safe, which also protects your family. Learn about the most common dangers that can occur when you have...

4 Benefits of Spring Chimney Cleaning in Fairfax, VA

4 Benefits of Spring Chimney Cleaning in Fairfax, VA

As the weather gets warmer, your fireplace may be the last thing on your mind. However, this is the best time of the year to clean your Fairfax, VA, chimney. Consider the following four advantages of chimney cleaning. Repair Winter Damage The winter may be harsh on...

4 Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning in Alexandria, VA

4 Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning in Alexandria, VA

Dryer fires are one of the most common types of house fires, and they're largely preventable. If it's been a while since your dryer has been thoroughly cleaned in Alexandria, VA, it might be time to call in the professionals. Read on to discover four common signs your...

Why Choose Us

Family-owned business

Excellent work and pricing

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Compliance Settings
Increase Font Size
Grayscale
Simplified Font
Underline Links
Highlight Links
Reset
Close