Chimney Flashing Repair
Do you know the exact condition of your chimney flashing, right now, as you’re reading this? If you’re like most homeowners, you’re not really sure. Chimney flashing is one of those parts of a chimney system that you never see up-close unless you’re right on top of it – i.e., standing up on the roof.
Letting your protective flashing remain “out of sight, out of mind” is not a good idea. National Chimney Service performs numerous chimney flashing repair/replacement projects throughout Fairfield County CT and Morris County CT. Here’s how we can help you.
Chimney Flashing 101
Chimney flashing is the material that covers the gap between the exterior portion of your chimney and roof. Flashing is usually applied in two sections: an L-shaped section, which lies flat against the chimney base and roof, and a straight section that attaches to the chimney and covers the vertical part of the L-shaped section. It’s a perfect design for its purpose, as long as it’s in good shape.
When chimney flashing is installed correctly, the materials & workmanship should last many years before repairs or replacements are needed.
However, events can happen that shorten the life of your chimney flashing.
How Flashing Gets Damaged
A variety of events can damage chimney flashing including:
- Lightning strikes
- Extreme weather conditions season after season
- Gale-force winds
- Earthquakes and house-settling that dislodge the flashing
- Plain old age
What Happens when Flashing Is Compromised
Once parts of your chimney flashing are warped, rusted, or otherwise compromised, lots of trouble can be on the way.
Water pouring down into the home will lead to the rotting of building materials, which can cause a mold outbreak. Rot and mold can affect the roof, the attic, crawl spaces, wallboards, beams, insulation, and more.
Depending on the condition of your chimney’s masonry beneath the roofline, the incoming water can seep into cracks in bricks and mortar and start a cycle of ongoing damage. If left unattended, eventual chimney rebuilding may be necessary to keep the structure safe and fully operational.
Expert Flashing Inspection & Installation
If you’re having problems with your flashing, the first step is to call us and arrange an inspection. We can then tell you if some basic repair/readjusting work will solve the problem, or if it would be best to have new flashing installed.
If your flashing is obviously in very poor condition, we might suggest a more thorough chimney inspection to determine if unseen areas within the system have been affected.
Once we identify exactly what’s happening, we can perform the specific type of repairs needed to restore your chimney to safety and predictable performance.
National Chimney Service is a family-owned, family-operated chimney company serving our valued customers for more than 20 years. Along with making sure your flashing is in excellent shape, we provide:
- Chimney masonry repair & rebuilding
- Tuckpointing & brick replacement
- Chimney liner repair & installation
- Chimney cap repair & replacement
- Chimney crown sealing & rebuilding
- Fireplace damper repair & installation
- Smoke chamber parging
- Chimney leak repair
- Resolution of venting/drafting issues
- Firebox repair
and many other repair and installation services.
When it’s time to get your chimney back into shape, we’re standing by to help year-round. Speak with a chimney expert today at (862) 359-0059 in NJ or at (203) 357-5507 in CT.
We serve Norwalk CT, Chester NJ, Fairfield CT, Dover NJ, and all other local communities in Fairfield County CT and Morris County NJ.