Roofing Maintenance and Your Chimney: What You Need to Know
Roofing maintenance is one of the easiest things you can do to extend the life of your roof. One of the areas particularly prone to having issues is the chimney. Here is a quick guide of how to watch out for damage near your chimney and how to easily fix it. If you run into any snags, don’t hesitate to call us at Peak Roofing Systems for assistance.
Many times the area around your chimney that connects to your roof is sealed with caulking. When exposed to the sun and fluctuating temperatures, the caulking can crack and lose its seal. Moisture can seep inside the crack and cause a roof leak. When you perform annual roofing maintenance, you can catch a crack before it becomes a bigger issue.
Many times the chimney may have a metal flashing placed around its base. This flashing can become rusted and cracked. It is important that you always replace rusted flashing before it begins to allow rain to seep in and damage your roof. Many metal flashing can be replaced with vinyl or rubber, which is less prone to rust. If you live in an area where there is a lot of rain, this may be a preferable option.
Cost of Repairs
Generally, repairing the area where your chimney connects to your roof is relatively cheap. You may have to pay for new caulking and sealing supplies. If your flashing needs to be replaced, there are many different options available that vary in price. If you do not perform regular maintenance, and a leak occurs, there may be costly damage. Always make sure to schedule a roofing professional to thoroughly inspect your roof at least once a year.