Ash Buster Chimney Flashing Repair Services Northern VA
Signs Your Chimney Needs New Flashing:
- Your flashing is missing
- Your flashing is rusted through
- Your flashing is coming loose
- Your flashing is covered with roofing tar
- You are installing new roof shingles or having other roofing work done
- Your Chimney is Leaking Water into your home
Chimney flashing is one of the most important parts of a chimney. In that it protects the area around the chimney from leaking water were the roof meets the chimney. It also is one of the most over looked area in the maintenance of a home. Chimney flashing is your first line of defense against water damage and is also your last line of defense, because if water gets past your Chimney flashing there is nothing also to stop it from penetrating your walls & ceilings.
Here in Northern VA and DC area we get quite a bit of rain water every year, so whether you have a fireplace that is built with masonry stone or brick you will have to maintain the chimney flashing so that it won’t leak. Chimney flashing last about 20 years here in the Northern Virginia area, due to the amount of wear and tear in our weather patterns.
Many of the chimneys flashing that Ash Busters Chimney Masonry Contractors repair, is the same chimney flashing that was installed when the chimney was built. Many of these chimneys are over 50 years old or more and failing. Most of the time this can be fixed by cutting out the old metal flashing with an angle grinder and replacing it with new chimney flashing. The next thing that we would look for is if the bricks that are above the chimney flashing need to be repaired, missing mortar joints also need to be repaired and retuckpointed so that the water can not by pass the chimney flashing. Last but not least almost every fireplace crown needs to be check for cracks, chimney crown cracks are one of the main reasons that chimney can leak past the chimney flashing.
Over time, flashing can become loose or torn, rusted or cracked. Sometimes the caulk even comes loose. And if it wasn’t installed correctly, chimney flashing is bound to spring a leak. Let us inspect your leaking chimney flashing, so we may determine that a simple recaulking will solve the problem, or we may suggest starting fresh with flashing that is custom-fit to your particular chimney. Only a professional chimney technician will be able to determine if you truly need new flashing or if your flashing is to blame for your leaking chimney.
At Ash Busters Chimney we use a specific technique for overlapping the flashing—weaving custom metal sheetwork together, folding it against the chimney, and embedding part of it into the mortar joints to make your chimney watertight. The layering is what works best for wicking water away from your chimney and preventing leaks altogether. We also apply a durable urethane caulk to seal all corners, so you know all of your bases are covered.
As a masonry contractor here in the Northern Virginia area for over 20 years we have repaired brick and stone chimney for our many customers.
Why Choose Us?
- No Mess Guaranteed
- Family Owned & Operated
- In Business for Over 17 Years
- Treating Customers As Family