No roof is a solid plane of wood and shingles. There are pipes and vents that protrude through the roof. The sewer system has a vent, the furnace has a chimney vent, and any fireplaces have vents. All of these areas are potential entryways for rainwater. Whether you are getting a new roof or just having a roof repair done, it’s important to hire qualified roofers who are highly experienced and will take care of these areas.
The big challenge with chimneys is that they come straight up through the angled roof decking and are typically clad in an uneven brick surface. Water that strikes the chimney can easily travel down the brick work, into a mortar line and behind the flashing, resulting in water stains on ceiling below.
A good roofer knows that chimneys require two layers of flashing. One is designed to direct water from the chimney safely to the shingles. The other ensures that water running down the chimney actually makes it onto that first layer of flashing. The seals around the flashing are also important to prevent rainwater and melting snow from working its way under or behind the protective layers.
One thing that will help you keep the area around the chimney dry, as well as protecting the chimney itself, is to install a chimney cap. These metal caps prevent rain water from entering the flue and protect the mortar joints in the brickwork. The shield prevents burning embers released by wood fires from landing on the shingles and causing damage. Choose one with wire coverings that will also prevent birds and other animals from turning your chimney into a hotel.
Don’t trust your roof repair to just any Oklahoma City roofers. There are many shortcuts that can be taken when flashing a chimney and most of them will result in problems down the road. A simple problem will only require that the work be redone. A major problem could leave you with interior water damage or damage to the brickwork on your chimney.
Robbins Roofing, Inc., is a roofing company in Oklahoma City with more than 60 years of experience. We know that it’s paying attention to the fine details, like chimneys and other vents, that’s the mark of a great job. We take pride in our work and stand behind it with a solid warranty. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about how we can help you.