Most people do not take a quick trip up their ladder to see what is going on their roof. Unless they have a leak of course. Even then, because getting on a roof and strolling around to look for a roof leak problem area is just not something that is comfortable for many homeowners, they do not see that many times the roof leak they see dripping into the interior of the home can be attributed to improper installation of flashing and counter flashing.
A Roof Leak Could Be From The Chimney Flashing
As you can in the “before” photo above, there is a serious problem with the flashing installation around this chimney – you can bet on this causing an interior leak from your roof. The step flashing was not caulked correctly and rain water will absolutely come between the brick and the step flashing. The counter flashing is missing entirely exposing the gap between the shingles and the brick to rain as well. Both sides of this chimney had common problems associated with improper and missing original installation techniques that are essential for properly installed chimney flashing.
Flashing Repair Is A Smart Fix
Though the flashing problem pictured is not the only reason a roof may leak, we do run into this particular problem frequently – and there is really no reason to skip installing flashing and counter flashing correctly when the roof was originally installed.
As you can see in the after photo, the chimney flashing repair consisted of installing the flashing and counter flashing correctly, completely preventing the roof from leaking from this area.
The take away is this: The source of a roof leak can be tricky to find sometimes, but the good news is that much of the time your roof leak originates in common places on a roof, like this chimney flashing repair, and is easily one of the most frequent repairs a roofing professional makes.