Chimney and Vent Flashing
Aledo’s Roofer will happily repair your chimney flashing. How do you know if you need to replace it? Take a look at it, do you see spaces in between the metal pieces, or is it pulling away from the brick? Is the caulking cracked? Is the flashing rusting? How old is the flashing? Another sign of flashing wearing out is the ceiling leaking water around the chimney. These are all signs you need to replace the chimney flashing. Let us do the work for you. It is a day job, but wouldn’t you rather be golfing at Split Rail on a nice Saturday? While we are replacing the flashing, we probably also need to replace the chimney cap. The chimney cap is likely the same age as the flashing, and the caps also wear out over time.
Fire safety is the strongest reason to have a good chimney cap. When you use your fireplace, many sparks are created. Most of the sparks stay near the fire, but some can travel up the chimney. If the sparks are not caught by the screens of the cap, they can set the roof on fire. “The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!” You definitely do not want a critter finding its way into your chimney and building a nest. These nests can inhibit smoke from exiting the flu which will cause a buildup in your house, and the nesting animals may harbor diseases.
Furthermore, a hot chimney is not a good place for an animal to live.
Another reason most people don’t consider is an uncapped/poorly capped chimney can suffer weather damage. Rain and snow can seep into the mortar joints and loosen the bricks. The rain can even seep into the bricks which will cause them to crack as water freezes, on those cold North Texas winter nights, and expands.
Lastly, a good functioning chimney cap can improve the performance of your chimney. Your chimney provides a continuous draw to bring the smoke up the flue. With gusts of winds, the draw will fluctuate instead of remain constant. This results in smoke downdrafting. The chimney cap can block some of the wind and keep the draft constant.
There are many different types of chimney caps. The type is dictated by how your chimney is made. Aledo’s Roofer can recommend the correct chimney cap for your home. There are also specialty chimney caps such as draft increasing chimney caps. These caps are for areas with extreme winds, not typically a problem in Aledo. There are also electric-draft chimney cap for draw problems that cannot be solved by other means. There are chimney cap/damper combinations if you suspect your damper needs to be replaced. Outside chimney caps are utilized if your crown is in bad shape, or you had an oddly shaped chimney. These caps also provide the best weather protection since they cover the entire crown of the chimney. If you have a short chimney that does not extend past the roofline or there are other tall structures around, you may experience downdrafts and smoking living areas. A flu-extender chimney cap of 1-2 feet can help solve that problem.
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