Brad Smith Roofing offers a variety of services for your masonry needs. There are many elements that can affect your chimney and its lifespan. One of the most common problems is water damage from ice, rain, snow and wind. Our project managers can assess the damage to detect if repairs or a total re-build of the chimney is needed.
Preventing Water Damage
Poorly maintained chimneys can cause just as much damage to your roofing structure as faulty shingles. Below are some of the things that we can provide to prevent water damage.
Flues, or the large openings at the top of a chimney, can collect rainwater and funnel it directly to the chimney interior. For this reason chimney caps are an important factor in preventing water infiltration and damage to the chimney and chimney crown. Chimney caps also prevent birds and other animals from entering the area.
The chimney crown is the top element of a masonry chimney. It covers and seals the top of the chimney from the flue liner to the chimney edge. The crown should provide a downward slope that will direct the water from the flue to the edge of the chimney.
Tuck-Pointing Mortar Joints
Water can easily enter through deteriorated mortar joints on a chimney. A common repair for deteriorated mortar joints is called tuck-pointing. During this process, the existing mortar joints are cut and refilled with new mortar.
Flashing is the seal between the chimney and roof that prevents rainwater or snow from running down the chimney into the interior space that may cause ceiling damage and wood rot.