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What is Chimney Flashing?

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Chimney flashing is an essential part of your chimney’s functionality. Here is everything you need to know about chimney flashing.

All parts of your chimney work together to ensure that all smoke is properly ventilated and your house remains safe. If a part of your chimney is damaged, broken, or missing, it can put your home’s safety at risk. Many people are aware of the importance of chimney sweeps and liners, but chimney flashing often gets overlooked. However, chimney flashing is an essential part of your chimney’s functionality. Here is everything you need to know about chimney flashing.

The Basics of Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing forms a waterproof seal to protect your chimney and roof from water damage and leakage. When properly installed and with regular inspection, your chimney flashing can last up to 30 years, depending on the material it is made of. Common types of flashing include:

Aluminum: Aluminum is a popular choice because it is relatively inexpensive and can be installed on any type of roof.

Vinyl and PVC: Vinyl or PVC flashing is lightweight and works best in areas of warm weather. Vinyl is brittle and prone to cracking, so it’s not recommended for wet or humid climates.

Steel and Galvanized Steel: Steel or galvanized steel flashing is a popular choice because of its durability and anti-corrosive properties.

Copper: Copper is one of the best types of flashing available due to its lightweight and durability. However, copper can also be very expensive and will eat into your budget.

Signs Your Chimney Flashing Needs Repair

The lifespan of your chimney is determined by where you live, the size and shape of your chimney, and what material it is made from. You should regularly check your chimney to make sure it is in working condition. Chimney flashing is a major cause of leaks, and moisture can pose serious risks if not handled properly. Some signs of disrepair include:

  • Leaking from the inside or outside of the chimney
  • Sounds and evidence of dripping, like puddles
  • Discolored bricks
  • Rust stains
  • Water stains on interior ceilings or walls near the chimney
  • Visible gaps in the caulking around the flashing

Always Consult a Professional

There are many things that could go wrong when installing chimney flashing, so it best to leave that job to the experts. We here at Champion Chimneys have decades of experience in installing and repairing all kinds of chimneys. Reach out today to schedule your next chimney inspection!

Call the Experts at Champion Chimneys Today!

Champion Chimneys, Inc. is a fully licensed, bonded and insured chimney service company that has served customers in Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland since 2001. Our team is trained and certified by Certified Chimney Professionals, Inc. (CCP, Inc.). Courteous service is our trademark, and our crews arrive on time in uniform, driving fully equipped trucks. We specialize in all aspects of your chimney system. Whether you need chimney and flue cleaning service or a full chimney rebuild or inspection, contact us at  443-Chimney today and let us fix all your chimney problems. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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