There are a number of factors that play a role in the overall watertight integrity of your roof and home. Your chimney is a critical piece of this puzzle because it contains several points of entry into your home and requires intricate methods of sealing and protection. If your chimney suffers damage to its structure or to these seals, water and moisture will begin to seep in. Here, the roofing experts at High Mark Construction go over the most common types of chimney repairs needed and how our team can help restore the watertight integrity of your roof.
Flashing is the metal band that wraps around the base of the chimney to seal the joints between the chimney and roof and protects against moisture and leaks. Flashing is installed in two pieces, an upper piece and a lower piece that overlap to create watertight seals. Chimney flashing is crucial to preventing leaks and needs to be installed properly, but all too often, poorly installed flashing can cause leaks and extensive damage if storms come through.
While not as common as flashing damage, damage to your chimney’s crown can be even more problematic and cause more extensive leaking and damage. The chimney crown is the concrete or cement layer at the top of your chimney. The crown is there to seal the flue or the chimney’s opening. Damage to the crown can be caused by aging and severe weather over time. It’s important to fix a cracking or decaying crown as soon as possible by sealing and motoring small cracks or even re-bricking portions of the chimney. If cracks and damage to the crown are not repaired early, a complete chimney replacement might be necessary.
If not monitored and repaired early, small cracking and decaying in the masonry of the chimney can begin to cause major issues and lead to the need for a new chimney. Oftentimes, damaged or fallout bricks need to be replaced. Additionally, mortar joints suffer damage from weather and become brittle, allowing for water to seep into your home. Tuckpointing is used to repair and improve these mortar joints and save homeowners from further damage and the need for a new chimney.
While the chimney crown tops off the masonry walls, the flue cap protects and covers the flue. A damaged flue cap can lead to a number of problems including a blocked chimney, leaks and water damage to the masonry.
High Mark Construction Has Got Your Back
Your roof and chimney are constantly exposed to severe weather and can suffer damage at any time. Don’t let potential damage go unnoticed and lead to larger problems down the road. We got into the business of helping homeowners and families take care of their homes at no cost to them because we are passionate about assisting others when they need it most. Schedule a free home inspection today to ensure that your chimney and roof are damage-free so you can be worry-free! To learn more and schedule a free, no-strings-attached consultation with our team, contact High Mark Construction today.