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What is Chimney Flashing and Why is It Important?

If you have a home with a chimney, and you’ve recently noticed any type of rust stains or leaks within your home that seem to be coming from the roof, there is a good probability your chimney flashing is either damaged or completely worn out. 

Broken and missing chimney flashings can lead to all sorts of problems within your home’s structure, which is why it’s so important to understand this component of your chimney. This blog post will explain what it does, why it’s critical for safety, and how to recognize if it needs replacement.

What Is Chimney Flashing?

Chimney flashing is a sheet metal component installed around the top of your chimney to prevent water and moisture from penetrating your chimney and creating issues for your attic, roofing, and even rooms of your home. The chimney flashing usually consists of three major parts: step flashing, base flashing, and cap flashing, which work together to create a waterproof seal.

The chimney flashing is installed around the chimney where it meets your roof. It can be created from various materials such as copper, vinyl, steel, or even aluminum, depending on where you live and what your roofing is made out of. For example, Vinyl is typically only used in warm weather climates, while aluminum and steel are common choices because they can be used with any type of roof without breaking the bank.

How Do I Know If I Need To Repair My Chimney Flashing?

If you had your chimney flashing properly installed, you won’t need to worry about this issue for up to 30 years. However, environmental factors such as the weather where you live, the materials used to construct your chimney flashing, and even how often your chimney is used can all affect how long it lasts.

If you’re not sure whether or not you need to repair your chimney flashing, here are some telltale signs that it’s time for a replacement:

  • Broken, missing, or cracked flashing
  • Rust stains on your roof
  • Leaking water within the exterior of your home (the source will usually be directly above where the chimney meets the roof)
  • Space around the flashing, indicating that the caulking is deteriorating

If you have any of these issues, it’s best to call a chimney specialist to come to take a look and give you an honest assessment. However, even if you don’t have any of these signs, it’s good to be proactive and schedule an inspection of your chimney. This is because it can be challenging to notice the damage until it’s become a significant issue. Chimney specialists can inspect the current condition of your chimney and ensure there are no issues with your chimney flashing.

Contact Us Today For Your Chimney Flashing Inspection

Chimney flashing is an essential component of your chimney that should be inspected and replaced when necessary. If it’s not correctly installed or maintained, it can lead to water damage, leaks, and even structural problems with your home. By understanding what chimney flashing is and how to identify potential issues, you can help prevent these costly problems from happening.

At Eco Grizzly, we’re able to perform inspections, cleaning, and repairs to your chimney to ensure you have no issues with your chimney flashing. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today for your chimney repair or chimney inspection.

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