Uh oh! Why is water coming through the ceiling by the fireplace? In most cases, it's not a roof leak; it's a tell-tale sign that you need chimney flashing repair. However, with over a foot of snow per month falling in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area for nearly half a year, it's a heavy load for any flashing to bear when a snow mountain is piling up on your roof. Just an inch of lovely fluffy snow covering a 1,500-square-foot rooftop weighs nearly 10,000 pounds!
What is Chimney Flashing?
Chimney flashing is the sheet metal installed to seal the area where the roof and chimney meet. Proper installation of chimney flashing is vital to prevent water leaks. It is typically made of metal, such as aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel. It is essential to use high-quality flashing material to ensure a long-lasting seal. In addition, depending on your roof type, your chimney professional may recommend installing a chimney cricket to help prevent water pooling and ice dams, providing additional flashing protection.
Commons Signs Your Flashing Needs Repair
If you notice one or more of these four common signs, your flashing may need repair or replacement.
- The ceiling or walls near the fireplace have water stains.
- The flashing is warped, loose, or corroded.
- Your chimney has a musty odor after it rains.
- Mold or mildew is growing around the masonry near the chimney flashing or in the attic.
Chimney Flashing Repair Cost
You will need a chimney inspection to determine the actual cost, but the average flashing repair in the Twin Cities Area is about $350. However, the cost could be around $900 or more if your flashing needs replacement. Since flashing leaks can damage the chimney and venting system, we recommend repairing it sooner to avoid a higher repair bill later.
What Causes Chimney Flashing Leaks?
Leaky chimney flashing is currently one of the most common causes of chimney leaks in Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, and other western suburban townships in the Minneapolis – St. Paul region area. So, what causes chimney flashing to leak in the first place? First, the flashing may not have been installed correctly. Flashing must be installed, fastened, and sealed in a particular sequence; otherwise, it will fail, and you will have a leaky chimney to repair. Second, flashing deteriorates over time due to normal wear and tear. Third, installing the chimney flashing with a high-grade metal is more rugged for our climate and will last longer. Finally, flashing can be damaged due to rusting, warping, corrosion, and snow accumulation.
Twin City Fireplace is where homeowners in the Twin Cities trust for fast, efficient, and top-quality chimney flashing repair in Hennepin County, Washington County, and townships in Greater Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN.
Twin Cities Chimney Flashing Repair
Is your chimney leaking? Do you see water stains near the fireplace? If so, your chimney flashing may need repair. The licensed general contractors and experienced chimney professionals at Twin City Fireplace provide expert chimney repair, inspection, and replacement, using only high-quality materials for long-lasting performance and durability – even in our unpredictable climate.
With showrooms in Edina and Woodbury, we serve customers in Minneapolis, MN; Bloomington, MN; Lakeville, MN; Prior Lake, MN; and townships throughout the Twin Cities area.
Call (952) 941-2685 Edina or (651) 204-0112 Woodbury to schedule an appointment to discuss your chimney flashing repair project today!