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Chimney Repair & Damage Case Study

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Chimeny framing on roof, surveying the damaged area.

This is the vapor barrier placed around the chimney.
Fig. 1
As you've seen, in our roof damage case study, cutting corners on the installation of different components on your roof and how the use of inferior products really leave you to be susceptible to a lot of problems with your roof after the 10-year mark. Here, we are going to take a look at chimneys and how minor details are the difference in a chimney not being a headache of yours any more. This often happens if the corner boards are just butted up to the head board instead of under the chimneys metal cap. This minor detail is the demise of many chimneys that we work on in the Jacksonville area. You can bet on our chimney repair services that it will be done right.

Another common mishap for chimneys in Jacksonville is that the majority of these chimneys do not have a vapor barrier around the wood frame of the chimney. This also helps to protect the frame of the chimney from moisture which will cause wood rot and mold damage.

Chimeny framing on roof, surveying the damaged area.

This is the flashing we cut in order to make a corner.
Fig. 2

Two pieces of flashing are installed and the cement squeezes out of the seam of the two flashings.
Fig. 3
So as you can see in these pictures, after we completely remove the old rooted siding from the chimney. We replace any rotted or water damaged wood. Then we dry-in the roof and chimney frame with a #30 felt underlayment (see fig. 1 to the right). This is one of the many extra steps that we take to make sure the job is done right for you. The next step is to install the new metal flashing, this is used to connect the siding to the roof and shingles. The flashing is cut to make a corner (see fig. 2 to the left), then we install a nice scoop of cement to seal the two pieces of flashing together. As you can see, the two pieces of flashing are installed and the cement squeezes out of the seam of the two flashings (see fig. 3 to the left). This makes a perfect seal. You wouldn’t believe how many times that little step made the difference in a leak or not. This is why it is so very important for you to hire the right Jacksonville roofing contractor. At Graham Roof and Repair, we believe that these small things are what separates us from other roofing companies in Jacksonville.

So now that the frame of the chimney and the roof are ready for the shingles to be re-installed around the chimney, we can now install the new siding. We usually use some type of Hardie brand of concrete siding - mainly due to the fact that it will not rot or get water logged by lots of rain -
Now the repair work has been done, the new shingles are re-installed around the chimney.
and that we like to guarantee the use of superior roofing services and products for the simple fact that they will last and our time will not be a waste of your money. After this, we trim out the chimney with pressure treated corner boards, we make sure that they are installed under the chimney cap securely so an untimely chimney repair won't happen again anytime soon. Then, we caulk the chimney to ensure that all areas are sealed properly and that no water will penetrates the chimney's new skin. Painting is the final stage in sealing your chimney. Even if we don't paint your chimney, we ask that you make sure it's painted as soon as possible to ensure the final stages for your chimney repair has been completed.

We can also replace rusted chimney caps, as seen here.
We also replace the metal chimney cover itself. This is usually a custom order and can be taken care of in a few days. This is the final component to make your chimney a complete working system and to keep water from entering your home and preventing future chimney leaks. There are many things to do to make a chimney last for a very long time, so make sure you contact the Jacksonville roofing contractors you can trust, contact Graham Roof and Repair.


Tip for Homeowners When It Comes To Chimneys:

If you have rotted wood around your chimney, this is not a job for a handy man or a siding contractor. All too often homeowners replace the damaged siding and then a year or two later replace the roof, thus leaving the old flashing behind to cause you problems and money in the future. Here are some tips when it comes to the longevity of your chimney.

      1. Do a complete overhaul of the chimney before replacement of roof so that it’s ready when you do decide to replace the roof.
      2. If you have never had a problem with your chimney and your about to replace your roof, consider overhauling your chimney as well. Make sure that your chimney will last another 30 years like your new roof.
      The majority of the time, it can be a lot cheaper during the roofing process to perform chimney repair as well, thus saving you money and headaches in the future.

Rusted chimney cap that needs to be replaced. Chimney framing that needs to be replaced. Working hard on repairing this chimney damage. Replacing rotten and damaged wood. Placing the new flashing on the roof. This is the vapor barrier around the chimney. Almost finished with this damaged chimney repair. Flashing being pushed together around the cement.
Cleaned flashing after cement removed. Sideview of damaged and rotten chimney wood on this house. Vapor barriers Sideview of the vapor barrier on this damaged chimney. Re-installing shingles on the roof after the repairs done to the chimney. The repaired chimney and another job well done by Graham Roof and Repair.