One of the most troublesome moments you can have as a homeowner is when you notice water dripping from the ceiling. If your first instinct would be to call a roofing company to have the leak repaired, you might be surprised to know that a roofer may not be the most qualified professional to ensure that the leak is repaired properly. In fact, chimneys are often involved when there is an issue with a leaking roof, which is why you might want to consider calling a chimney company like Ashbusters to check to see if your chimney is the source of the leak. For over 30 years, we have provided superior professional comprehensive chimney services to Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region, including a variety of options to protect your roof and your home from water leaks. We understand that it can be difficult to determine if the leak is related to your chimney or not, which is why we would like to tell you more about this common home repair issue. When you know the right professional to contact, your leaky roof problem can be solved more quickly.
How exactly can my chimney be involved with a roof leak?
When it comes to water leaks, some parts of your roof are more vulnerable than others, and these parts require extra protection to be able to keep water out of your home. One of the most common areas for leaks is where your chimney meets the roof, and in order to protect this spot, you need a customized flashing system, which consists of metal sheeting wrapped around the chimney. To function properly, flashing should be installed in two types of layers. The first layer is called step flashing, which are sections of sheet metal that have been cut into the shape of the letter L and have been woven into the shingles on the roof and then wrapped around the chimney. After the step flashing has been installed, the counterflashing layer is then embedded into the mortar joints of the chimney and then folded down on top of the step flashing. Once the two layers of flashing have been installed, a high-quality urethane caulk is then used to seal any cracks that may exist around the corners of the layers of metal sheeting. Although many roofers can construct chimney flashing, a chimney professional may be a better choice to construct your system. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), flashing should be installed to allow the chimney and the roof to expand and contract at different rates without the waterproof seal breaking in either area. You can count on our team at Ashbusters to take precise measurements of this area so that we will use the correct sized metal sheets to withstand any movement by both the roof and the chimney. Poor flashing construction can actually cause water to leak into your home through the chimney, which is why it is so important to make sure that you hire an experienced chimney professional to take care of this task.
How do I know I need to call a roofing company instead of a chimney company?
Although Ashbusters can definitely help you with a water leak issue if a component of the chimney is causing the leak, there may be a situation where you will need to call a roofer to solve the problem. An important factor to consider when you are dealing with a water leak in your home is the age of your roof. The lifetime of a roof depends on what materials with which it was constructed. Wood shake roofs typically last for about 30 years, a cement-shingle roof has an average lifetime of 25 years, and a roof built with asphalt shingles will generally last for 20 years. If your roof is approaching its average lifetime, you may want to call a roofing company to check it out. Keep in mind that it is a good idea to have an older roof inspected each year by a roofing professional so that small problems can be caught and fixed before they lead to more extensive and expensive repairs.
What types of water penetration preventive services are provided by Ashbusters?
If you have a masonry chimney, water penetration can seriously damage the bricks and mortar joints of the structure, and Ashbusters strongly recommends that you take advantage of as many preventive services as you can. In addition to customized flashing construction and repair services, we also sell and install chimney caps. Not only does a chimney cap protect your home from water leak damage, but it can also serve to keep birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals from getting into the chimney. For the ultimate protection against water penetration, we suggest our professional waterproofing services. You can trust us to only use waterproofing formulas that are 100 percent vapor permeable so that you will not have to worry about combustion gases becoming trapped inside the bricks and mortar joints and causing more damage to the masonry. After we have waterproofed your chimney, it will be guaranteed to be protected from water penetration damage for at least a decade, which makes it a smart investment into your home.
When you see the signs of a water leak in your home, a chimney professional may be the best choice to resolve the issue. If you have a leak problem, contact us today at Ashbusters to schedule an appointment with one of our CSIA-certified chimney technicians. We are here for all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs.