The flashing around your chimney is an important part of your chimney system. It helps to keep rain, snow, and debris from getting under roofing shingles and into your attic. Flashing should be replaced every few years but it is especially important to replace it at the first signs of a leak. So, here are four indicators it’s time to call Watergate Roofing for new chimney flashing.
1. Water Stains on the Ceiling
One of the most common signs that you need a new flashing on your chimney is water stains on the ceiling. If you see water stains on your ceiling, it could mean that your flashing is leaking and needs to be replaced. Water will continue to seep into the attic, growing the stain with each heavy rainfall.
2. Rust in the Firebox
If you see rust in the firebox of your chimney, that’s a sign that your flashing is outdated and needs to be replaced. The rust is likely caused by water seeping into the metal flashing and corroding it over time. When the metal flashing corrodes, it can become brittle and may even break off, leading to even more water damage.
3. Discolored Bricks
If you notice that your bricks around the chimney are discoloring, it could be a sign that there is water damage. Water can cause the bricks to become stained and even crumble over time. If you see any signs of water damage, it’s important to call a professional roofer to replace the flashing on your chimney right away.
4. Gaps in the Caulking
If you see gaps in the caulking around your chimney, you need new flashing. Furthermore, the caulking might also have cracks or even be brittle to the touch. These should always be cause for concern and do require professional replacement in order to prevent further water damage to your roof or chimney.
Roofing Repairs Done Right
Watergate Roofing has been serving the Indianapolis, IN, area since 2013. That means we’ve seen plenty of reasons to get your chimney flashing replaced. We also support residents by offering storm damage repairs, roofing inspections, and gutter system installation. To get your estimate from our team, call (317) 807-6637 today.