Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Replace Chimney Flashing

You owe yourself a visual roof inspection which allows you to identify missing, curled, cracked, or torn and damaged shingles, raised nails, penetrations and accumulated debris before more extensive damage requires a full roof replacement.

One of the most vulnerable areas and most common roof system problems involves chimney flashing. A saddle flashing (cricket) can be beneficial to wide chimneys to prevent standing water and leaves from collecting between the roof and the chimney, dormer windows or skylights.

Flashings seal the roof system edges, perimeters, penetrations, walls, valleys, drains and any other area where the actual roof covering is interrupted or terminated (any lapse in the roof system where water, insects, or debris may enter). If not properly sealed, oxidization and loose or deteriorating flashings could lead to roof leaks.

Two key things to remember this spring and again in the fall months:

“Chimney flashing is especially prone to tearing as the chimney
settles independently from the house.”  
- Edward Perez, Hail and High Wind Roofing Specialist

“Flashings can be easily repaired or replaced by PERTEX Roofing, but we offer our customers ‘better roofing solutions’ by adding an additional ice and water barrier.”
- Edward Perez, Hail and High Wind Roofing Specialist

If you suspect that your roof is damaged, here is a basic list of what to look for:
  • Leaning Chimney
  • Loose or missing flashing
  • Damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints
It’s of vital importance that you contact us immediately to replace missing or torn shingles: The best roof systems are most effective when you have complete protection from the outdoor elements. If shingles are missing or torn off, a roof structure or building interior are vulnerable to water damage and ultimately rot. There is a greater problem lurking and is likely to spread like a virus from shingle-to-shingle. They become fragile and are ripped easily or blown away by high wind. To repair your leaking chimney or replace your missing or torn shingles, contact PERTEX Roofing as soon as possible.  Call 214-734-6270 to learn about our free roof inspection.

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