Wicklow Roofing and Chimney flashing

There are a few different types of chimney flashing and we’ll go over them below:

  • Aluminum – a very popular choice. Aluminum flashing is inexpensive and can be installed on any type of roof. It’s also resistant to rust
  • Steel – steel is also a very common material used for chimney flashing. Provides excellent strength and anti-corrosive properties
  • Copper – lightweight, extremely durable and boosts curb appeal. Copper will never rust and can withstand any weather. However, copper is the most expensive option
  • Vinyl or PVC – should only be used in warm weather climates. Can crack under extreme weather conditions. We don’t recommend this for Chicago homes

Parts of Chimney Flashing

There are a few parts that make up the entire chimney flashing. The first is the base or step flashing which is found under your roof’s shingles and bent upwards against your chimney’s exterior.

On top of the step flashing is the counter flashing. Counter flashing is bent down and installed in the mortar joints of your chimney where it meets roof. It’s purpose is to seal off the top of the flashing.

It’s important to make sure your chimney has all the proper flashing parts so that your home can stay free of water damage. If you’re unsure about your flashing or don’t feel comfortable checking, Vertical Chimney Care will perform an free inspection to make sure your chimney is in proper condition.

Keep an Eye Out for Leaky Flashing

If you recently moved into a home or you haven’t done any work to your current chimney in a long time, you should watch for signs of faulty chimney flashing.

Chimney flashing is a very common contributor to chimney leaks and can end up causing major problems if it’s not taken care of right away.

Your  attic may become damaged as a result of chimney flashing leaks. This damage is nothing to ignore, so if you notice any damage, it’s important to find a roofing company to fix the job right away.

Water gets into your chimney, the brick and mortar joints will become brittle and the chimney’s entire chimney is at risk.

In order to avoid this from happening, you need to get a chimney inspection at least once per year. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Repairing minor flashing damage is better than having to repair your roof and your chimney because too much water has compromised them.

Chimney flashing is a major concern for a lot of homeowners as this can cause a lot of damage internally around chimney area  cracks on chimney, dislodged or slipped tiles/slates around the chimney area.

We can offer solutions to all your concerns regarding chimneys.

For more information contact us today.