As a homeowner with a wood burning fireplace, the time will come when you find yourself needing chimney repair service. Knowing what to expect can provide peace of mind, whether a minor chimney flashing repair or a complete chimney rebuild. The process, the price, and the timeframe are just a few of the considerations that you may be wondering about. At Seacoast Chimney, our team of professionals is here to help you every step of the way!
Here, we’re looking at a few of the most common and important aspects of chimney repair that you should be aware of before getting started!
Flashing is the material on the exterior of the chimney, connecting the chimney to the roof. The sole purpose of chimney flashing is to seal any gaps, preventing water penetration. Thus, if the flashing is rusted or damaged, water damage to the home becomes an issue. Of course, this situation can go from something small to extensive quickly. Luckily, flashing repair is relatively easy and inexpensive! Your team of roofing professionals may be able to repair the flashing, but in most cases, replacing it with new material is the best option.
Unfortunately, a chimney rebuild doesn’t provide such an easy in and out. Depending on the area of concern, you may face a complete rebuild or a partial replacement. For example, suppose the chimney crown is cracking, but the remaining chimney surface is intact. Here, a crown rebuild is needed instead of a complete rebuild. However, the extent of the cracking will determine whether a waterproof seal coating will solve the problem or if chimney masonry work is required.
When it comes to chimney rebuilds, be prepared to go through an inspection to determine the extent of damage and what is needed. From there, your roofing contractor will provide you with a timeframe and estimate.
Another common element needing TLC is the chimney cap. From everyday wear and tear requiring new chimney cap installation to replacing damaged wire mesh, chimney caps tend to fall in line with the flashing service. Depending on the damage and service required, the cost can fluctuate. However, timeframes for chimney cap service are reasonably quick and undisruptive.
If you find yourself needing chimney repair services, contact Seacoast Chimney. Our team has the expertise and dedication to offering full-service chimney and fireplace repair and service. Contact Seacoast Chimney at 800-354-2751 to receive a free estimate!