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Pay Attention to Your Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing is the material that provides a layer of protection where the chimney and roof meet. Flashing is typically made of aluminum, stainless steel or copper and these overlapping sections of metal are custom fitted around your chimney. As the house settles or shifts, the seam between the chimney stack and the roof becomes vulnerable to water penetration. Flashing is installed in two layers, fitting under the roof shingles and then going up the side of the chimney to create a watertight cover for the seam. Once the metal is placed, we use a urethane caulk around the edges to create a watertight bond. Flashing prevents water from coming into this seam along the edges of the chimney stack where leaks are common.

Every chimney is different, so installing chimney flashing is always a custom project that should be done by an experienced professional. When Total Chimney Care comes to inspect your chimney, we will closely examine your flashing to check for potential problems.  Watch the video below to learn more.

Some common problems include:

  • Missing flashing
  • Loose caulk that has created gaps that need to be resealed
  • Corrosion on the metal flashing that has created holes and decay

Total Chimney Care will bring all the tools and materials to your home. After taking careful measurements of your roof and chimney angles, we will custom fabricate your flashing onsite.

If you are concerned about chimney leaks, flashing is one of the first places to investigate. The seam between your chimney stack and roof is an obvious place for water to get in. Even if the flashing was correctly installed, it can break down over time or become damaged by storms or animals. If you are planning to install a new roof on your home, remember that your flashing will need to be inspected to see if it needs to be repaired or replaced.

There could be other areas in your chimney or on your roof that are allowing water to leak into your home. Professional inspection, repair and/or waterproofing may be needed, so call the experts at Total Chimney Care today.

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I've known Steve Sobczak, the President of Total Chimney Care, for many years. Steve is an excellent technician, (as are his employees), but the thing that REALLY makes Steve and the Total Chimney Care Customer Service Team stand head and shoulders above the rest of the "competition" is they CARE and are very conscientious about what they are doing. Steve and his technicians treat every customer like their only customer. They follow the golden rule and you'll never have to worry about the "trust factor" when they recommend repairs. Steve does EXTENSIVE training on Ethics with his personnel from the person answering their telephone for the initial call to the personnel that perform any work for you. That includes service, installation, repairs, or advisement of any kind on your hearth system. They do the job right the first time and they guarantee your satisfaction. You simply don't find that with a lot of companies out there. Total Chimney Care will treat you with respect and care and you can certainly trust them to provide you with a level of customer service that is unmatched anywhere else in their market. They're my personal recommendation in their market and they should be yours as well.
~ Bart O.