How to Make Sure There Is A Tight Seal around Your Chimney
- Monday, 08 October 2018 11:40
Your roof is as airtight and waterproof as its weakest point and that weakest point is often found around the chimney. Chimneys are components that disrupt the continuity of the roof, therefore they need to be surrounded by weathertight flashing, strips of material that seal the area around the chimney and prevent water penetration and energy exchange. Flashing can be made from a variety of strong and durable materials, such as metal alloys and rubberized material, but even so, the flashing being constantly exposed to the elements, if it is neglected, it can become damaged. Here are a few tips for you if you want to make sure that the seal around your chimneys is tight and weatherproof:
- Inspect your flashing regularly for cracks and other issues – check the roof flashing not only for cracks, but also for signs of corrosion, holes and areas where the flashing has pulled away from the body of the chimney or from the roof surface;
- Figure out whether the issues you have found can be repaired or the flashing needs to be replaced – some flashing issues can be fixed with some caulk or adhesive, but very big cracks and corrosion are irreparable and require flashing replacement.
If you are not sure how to do the inspection and the replacement, you can turn to insulation Lansing MI professionals
– local roofers offer cheap inspection and repair services that can guarantee all the issues are detected and fixed before they become worse.