Roof Maintenance: Chimney Flashing Inspection & Repair

Roof damage doesn’t just mean you’re dealing with old, worn shingles. Damage to the chimney structure is quite common as well, with many culprits behind it.

Reasons Behind Leaky Chimney

Over time, chimneys tend to develop cracks and crevices that allow water to permeate them. Additionally, the sections of metal applied at the seams between the chimney and roof  — called roof flashing – may come loose or break due to high winds and other inclement weather.

Improper chimney flashing installation can also open up your roof to early deterioration. Chimney leaks are the primary form of damage you will notice from a faulty chimney flashing installation. Instead of keeping rain and snow out of the roof seams, sub-par flashing allows the moisture into the roof’s inner structure. Water seepage can cause mildew, mold and premature aging of the roof.

If you have a chimney, regular maintenance, yearly inspections and prompt repairs are a must. You have to be proactive if you want to avoid nasty chimney leaks or, worse, damage to your roof caused by chimney problems you ignored for too long.

Roofing Maintenance: Chimney Flashing Inspection & Repair

Roof Maintenance: Chimney Flashing Inspection & Repair

Problems cause by damaged chimney flashing can be mitigated through regular roof inspections & effective repairs.

Chimney Inspection

Leaky chimney problems can quickly become costly, and may include drywall warping, ceiling stains, insulation saturation, mold growth and interior home damage. That’s why we recommend annual inspections handled by a professional.

When you hire a roofing inspection contractor to check the integrity of your roof, they will inspect not only the roof, but also the chimney, vents, skylights, all areas of flashing, and your home’s drainage systems. If there are any problems with the chimney, such as broken bricks, loose mortar joints, cracks around the chimney foundation, or deteriorating flashing, prompt repairs should be your next priority.

Chimney Flashing Repairs vs Replacement

Chimney flashing needs to be replaced when it becomes rusty, corroded, chipped, or broken. Masonry caulk can seal small gaps or holes on a short-term basis, but is not designed to take the place of the flashing. Depending on the state of the flashing, part of the chimney and surrounding roof shingles may also need replacement.

Oftentimes flashing can be repaired – you can follow our simple steps to chimney flashing repairs we’ve covered on this blog. However, if flashing shows signs of rust or other weather wear, your contractor may need to remove shingles to install new flashing. This is not a do-it-yourself undertaking, since improper flashing installation could void your roof warranty.

Roof Maintenance: Chimney Flashing Inspection & Repair

We Repair Leaky Chimneys!

Don’t wait for small problems to develop into damaging leaks – your local contractor can help!

If you’d like to schedule a roofing inspection to diagnose specific problems or evaluate the overall condition of your roof, contact All Roofing Solutions. We’re a family-owned contractor with over 15 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing. We offer affordable, expert roof repair, replacement and installation services to customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to ask about our discount of 15% off any roofing repair job!

Roof Leak Prevention: 6 Tips For Proper Attic Ventilation

Attic ventilation is an important part of home construction, yet most homes have either no ventilation or not enough of it. Inadequate attic ventilation can lead to a host of problems, with roof leaks being among the most common.

In order to prevent these issues and extend the life of your roof, you need an attic that literally “breathes.”

Roof Leak Prevention: 6 Tips For Proper Attic Ventilation

The Importance of Attic Ventilation

With proper attic ventilation, you allow for warm, moist air – which naturally rises – to safely escape your home rather than building up in the form of condensation. This helps you keep humidity levels under control, which not only helps maintain the health of your roof, but also helps to keep home heating and cooling costs more manageable.

Without proper attic ventilation, warm and moist air has nowhere to go, creating potentially dangerous attic conditions in the form of condensation, mold and mildew. This, in turn, can make your paint blister and peel, compromise the structural integrity of your attic, create weaknesses in your roof and reduce the efficiency of your insulation.

Another problem that can result from improper attic ventilation is specific to the winter months: ice damming. A lack of attic ventilation can cause ice to build up in your eaves and gutters, which can buckle or fall off under the weight, causing serious and expensive damage to your home.

Bottom line: a well-ventilated attic offers many benefits

  1. It prevents mildew growth and rot on your roof’s framing and sheathing by reducing moisture buildup.
  2. It helps prevent ice dams in winter by keeping your roof colder.
  3. It extends the life of your shingles by keeping the roof cooler in hot weather.
  4. It reduces cooling costs in the warm season.

Improving Attic Ventilation

There are many different options available to provide adequate ventilation to your attic space. The most common are:

  • ridge vents – installed at the peak of a sloped roof, the ridge vent allows damp, warm air to escape from the attic,
  • soffit vents – a vent installed into the underside of your home’s eaves that permits fresh outside air to be drawn up into the attic,
  • gable vents – usually installed on the exterior wall of your attic, gable vents are cheap, easy to maintain, save money, and maximize the area in your roof since you won’t have to waste space and money running a whole-house fan,
  • powered attic fans – most controversial of all vent systems, they’re intended to cool hot attics by drawing in cooler outside air from attic vents (soffit and gable) and pushing hot air to the outside, but don’t always work as well as intended.

Your roofing contractor will be able to help you select the right option for your home. Remember: more is not necessarily better.

6 Tips For Proper Attic Ventilation

  • Attics should be insulated to R-38, which is about eighteen inches of insulation material.
  • Most building codes require 1 square foot of venting for each 150 square feet of attic space.
  • If there are portions of insulation that have been eroded down, remove it all then install full eighteen inches of new insulation material in its place (instead of simply adding more on top).
  • Homeowners should avoid attic fan ventilators with blocked soffit vents, according to Energy Star. Turbine or fan ventilation systems are unreliable, as their moving parts are sure to break down over time. Soffit and ridge venting systems are a much better solution.
  • Be aware of all soffit vents around the perimeter of the house and take steps to ensure these vents remain unblocked by debris, insulation, or outside materials.
  • Install a thermometer in the attic that can remotely tell you the area’s temperature so you can monitor the situation on an ongoing basis.

Have Your Attic Ventilation Checked

A small investment today can save you thousands of dollars down the road, not to mention hours of inconvenience.

If you’re unsure whether or not you have adequate attic ventilation, or if your attic is not ventilated altogether, contact All Roofing Solutions. We are a reliable, honest and skilled roofing contractor with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. Family owned and operated, we serve customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, and are happy to solve all your roofing problems, large and small.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

Shingle Roofing & Hail Damage: From Inspection to Repairs

If you’ve been through hailstorms, you’ve seen the damage they produce, from dented cars to trees and bushes stripped of their leaves. Hail damage to your roof, however, may not be so apparent, but needs to be taken as seriously. This is where a roofing inspection comes in handy – hail damage while not easy to spot can be devastating to your roof’s integrity!

Shingle Roofing & Hail Damage: From Inspection to Repairs

Shingle Roofing & Hail Damage: From Inspection to Repairs

When your home has experienced a significant hailstorm, the best course of action is to contact a roofing professional to inspect the roof post-hail and provide the damage assessment. You’ll want to make this call as soon as possible after the storm.

Post Hail Roofing Inspection

A skilled roofing contractor is trained to uncover hidden damage and can separate hail damage from normal wear. They will consult with you about what they find and can make recommendations about whether a repair or a call to your insurance company is warranted.

In assessing your shingle roof for any damage, your inspection contractor will look at any soft metal areas on your roof (vents, skylights, flashing, metal valleys). The contractor will also pay close attention to the ridge caps, which take more direct hail hits than the sloped sections of the roof.

While examining roof shingles, your roofer will look for any of the following signs of damage:

  • Missing granules that may expose the black layer underneath.
  • “Fresh” areas of exposure indicate a recent impact.
  • Bruising, which shows up as dimpled, indented spots that may feel spongy (these shingles are candidates for premature failure).
  • Circular cracks, in the form of half-moons or full circles. If this is the case, the shingles have been damaged through to the fiberglass matting, making them highly susceptible to water penetration.

Once the inspection is over, your roofing contractor should consult with you regarding your options. While some roof repairs can wait, others need to be addressed as soon as the damage occurs.

We Handle Post Hail Roofing Repairs

If you suspect any hail damage, don’t hesitate to contact All Roofing Solutions, a family-owned business with over 15 years of experience & long list of happy customers!

Our professional roofing inspector will be happy to answer your questions and help you assess the condition of your roof. Whether you’re dealing with hail damage, high wind damage or water damage, we’ll handle all your emergency roofing repairs as soon as possible, and we’ll do it right the first time!

Don’t let minor damage turn into costly roof replacement. Call today at 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania for your FREE estimate.

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