Cool weather will be here before you know it and that means it’s time to start thinking about your chimney. When in good condition and properly cleaned, chimneys heat your home and add ambiance safely. However, when they’re damaged, they put your entire roof at risk for unexpected issues and repairs. Your trusted Denver roofers explains how a damaged chimney can put your roof at risk and lead to potential structural damage throughout the house.
Damaged Flashing Increases Risk of Leaks
Along the base of the chimney, there’s a seam where the roofing materials meet the chimney itself. This seam should always be covered by protective flashing. The flashing, most often made of durable stainless steel or aluminum, keeps moisture from soaking into the roof underlayment. When the flashing is cracked or damaged, it allows water to seep into the attic, increasing your risk of water leaks, mold, and mildew growth. Additionally, the excess moisture can soak into the chimney itself, causing problems with the siding materials and metal inside the structure. Anytime the flashing is cracked or damaged, have your roofer replace it immediately.
Insect and Pest Infestations Move From the Chimney to the Attic
When not used every day, chimneys are an attractive habitat for birds, squirrels, and other pests
. When the chimney cap is damaged or the structure is cracked, pests can slip inside and as the weather gets colder, they’ll start looking for a warmer habitat inside your attic. Often, pests and insects will do significant damage to your roof as they search for an entryway into the attic and insulation. The larger their nest, the more potential roof damage your home could suffer. By keeping the chimney in good repair and scheduling a chimney sweep at least every six months, you’ll reduce the risk of pests building nests or infiltrating your attic and roof.
Structural Damage Exposes the Underlayment to the Elements
Over time, your chimney’s exterior will start to deteriorate, just like your roofing materials. As the exterior cracks and shifts, it exposes new portions of the structure to moisture and water damage. If the water is allowed to soak in, it can seep between the flashing and the protective layer of shingles, tiles, or metal sheeting. The more moisture that builds up, the more your roof can warp, causing both an increase in leaks and your home’s energy bills. Anytime you schedule routine roof maintenance, ask your roofer to inspect the siding around the chimney. Even if they can’t repair it, they’ll be able to recommend a suitable contractor and make sure the roof stays water-tight until the damage can be fixed.
Chimney and roof inspections
should always be handled by an experienced professional. Schedule an inspection with Big Creek Roofing & Restoration and let our licensed and insured contractors assess the damage for you. We’ll take care of the repairs and get your roof back in shape for everything the weather can bring. Call (720) 309-9722 for a free quote or to schedule an on-site estimate for all of your roof repair needs.