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Flashing

Protect Your Chimney At Its Weakest Point With Professionally Installed Flashing

Do you know where your chimney is most vulnerable to water? With the exception of the stack or chase opening and flue opening, your chimney’s greatest weakness is at the seam where the roof and chimney meet. Even the smallest gap or space in this area can allow water into the chimney where it can cause extensive damage to the chimney and the surrounding walls and ceilings. That’s why it’s imperative that the area be protected with quality flashing.
“My husband and I were very impressed with Chimney Solutions. Jackson did our initial inspection and was kind, professional and responded quickly whenever I had questions, which was a lot! Dominic and Jake installed our gas logs and did a great job and were both very nice. Plus our gas log kits look beautiful and give off an amazing amount of heat, yay! Will definitely recommend and hire again.”
Suzanne G.
Jan. 9, 2019
“Chimney Solutions Indiana did a great job fixing gas fire place and getting it up and running again.David and Jake were outstanding, helpful, and explained in detail the issue and how to resolve it.Great service experience.”
Josh S.
Jan. 2, 2019
“The service from Chimney Solutions was courteous and professional. Chris did an inspection and was thorough in explaining his findings. We needed a cleaning and some minor repairs around our gas log set. David was professional, kept everything cleaned up nicely, efficient, and took some extra care to make the gas logs look nice. They were able to squeeze us in just in time to have the fire feeling nice for Christmas morning! Will return to chimney solutions for any future work. Thrilled with the results!”
Ryan S.
Dec. 27, 2018
“Timely consultation, very thorough and expert knowledge. Explained issues and options very well. Completed the work while leaving the property clean. Would certainly use again.”
Al G.
Nov. 17, 2018

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What Is Flashing?

To seal off and protect this vulnerable area of the home, metal sheets are placed over the area in layers. This is known as flashing. For optimal

results, an L-shaped layer should be installed first, integrating with the shingles of the roof and the sides of the chimney. These L-shaped layers are known as step flashing. Atop this layer, metal sheets should be integrated into the mortar joints of the chimney, which is known as counter flashing. Additionally, seams should be caulked and sealed to close off even the smallest gaps and spaces.

What Can Make Flashing Ineffective?

  • Poor Installation – One of the leading reasons flashing fails is poor installation. Quality flashing should be installed in layers, using as few nail holes as possible. If the flashing was improperly installed, or is riddled with nails or dents, gaps, holes, and spaces will allow water to access the chimney – it’s only a matter of time.
  • Low Quality Materials – Another common reason for flashing failure is low-quality materials. Many contractors use galvanized metal, which will rust and corrode pretty early on. Stainless steel and copper are much more durable options for flashing.
  • Animal Or Wind Damage – Animal tampering and wind damage can lead to dents and lifting in the flashing. When this happens, water can pool or seep into this vulnerable area, rendering the flashing ineffective.
  • Moisture Damage – If the flashing is not smooth and flat, water can gather and eat away at the metal itself, making its way down through the layers and into the chimney.
  • House Settling – Every home settles at some point, and although you may not think much of it, this can cause shifts and spaces in the flashing.
  • Earthquakes/Severe Weather – Earthquakes and other severe weather events can cause separations or dents in the flashing, opening up new areas for water to enter the home.
  • New Roof Installation – Many times, flashing is damaged during the installation of a new roof. If you’ve had a new roof installed, it’s a good idea to have a professional chimney technician come out and make sure your flashing is still working properly.

Want added protection? We also install thru-wall flashing for larger chimneys, which is flashing that diverts water back out of the chimney wall once it’s made its way in.
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Is Your Flashing To Blame For Your Water Problems?

If you think you may have a chimney leak and would like to have one of the leak troubleshooting and waterproofing experts here at Chimney Solutions take a look, give us a call! We can make sure your flashing is still protecting your chimney – if it’s not, we’ll install flashing that will! Call 317-757-6979 today to request your appointment!

Waterproofing your chimney is one of the best ways to prevent chimney leaks and other moisture-related problems. We’re ready to help keep you and your chimney system dry.
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