As the weather cools and you begin to dream about cozy evenings by the fireplace, first think about the condition of your chimney. In addition to have your chimney cleaned, you should also have an experienced Virginia Beach roofing professional inspect it annually for leaks.
A leaky chimney can cause all sorts of problems which result in costly repairs. When The Roofing & Remodeling Company team goes on service calls related to leaks around a chimney system, we often find that the cause of the problem is faulty flashing.
Chimney flashing is a layer of sheet metal that covers the gap where a roof and chimney meet. Flashing is generally made of stainless steel, aluminum or copper, and custom-fitted around your chimney to protect against water infiltration. For a watertight fit, flashing is installed in two layers: one under the roofing material and another extending up the side of the chimney. Caulk is then laid around the edges to seal the installation.
Sometimes flashing becomes damaged or corroded to the point that it can no longer keep water out, or the caulk loosens and creates gaps that need to be resealed. Occasionally flashing is missing entirely. In all of these cases, our technicians can make repairs that will solve leak issues around your chimney. Every chimney is different, making the installation of chimney flashing a custom project that should be done by an experienced professional. Here are Adrian and Phil at work replacing the old chimney flashing on a home in Newport News.
When our Virginia Beach roofers come to inspect your chimney, we will closely examine the flashing for potential problems. Give The Roofing & Remodeling Company a call today at (757) 867-6600 to schedule your appointment!