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Chimney Flashing: What is it and Why Is It Important?

A chimney is an important part of your home, and it’s crucial that you keep it in good condition. One of the most important parts of a chimney is the flashing. This part of the roof is one of the most common repairs we make here at Watergate Roofing. But, why exactly does this part of your roofing and chimney matter (other than keeping water out)? Let’s discuss this further.

Chimney Flashing: What is it and Why Is It Important?

What is Chimney Flashing?

Chimney flashing is made up of two pieces of metal that fit between the chimney and the roof decking. It deters water from leaking into your home and ensures that the chimney and the roof are watertight. While flashing does last for some time, it is vulnerable to regular wear and tear and even storm damage.

What Are the Consequences of Not Having Proper Flashing?

If your chimney doesn’t have proper flashing, it could lead to some serious consequences. First, without flashing, water can enter the chimney and cause extensive damage. The chimney itself can start to crumble, and the support structure can become weakened. In addition, water can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can be dangerous to your health. Finally, if your chimney is not properly sealed, hot air can escape, making your home less energy efficient. By making sure that your chimney has proper flashing, you can avoid all of these potential problems.

How Can You Tell If Flashing Needs to Be Repaired or Replaced?

If you’re not sure whether your chimney flashing needs to be repaired or replaced, there are a few things you can look for. First, check for any gaps or openings in the flashing. If you see any gaps, then it’s likely that water is getting into your chimney. Second, look for any rust or corrosion on the flashing. Rust is a good indication that the metal has become weak and needs to be replaced. Finally, if the flashing is loose or pulling away from the chimney, then it needs to be repaired or replaced. If you’re not sure whether your chimney flashing needs to be repaired or replaced, it’s always best to consult with a professional.

Does Your Flashing Need Repairs?

When it comes to your chimney or any roofing repairs, you’re in good hands with Watergate Roofing. We’ve been serving residents and businesses throughout Central Indiana since 2013, becoming a leader in the roofing repair and replacement industry. We can also repair or replace siding on your home. So, get an estimate from us today by calling (317) 807-6637.