When it comes to repairing parts of your home, it can be confusing as to which contractor does what. Things get even more confusing when you need to fix your chimney. Is it part of the roof or not? Overall, there are different parts of the chimney that require different skill sets— including that of roofers. Some parts of the chimney should be fixed only by your chimney specialists, whereas other parts can be repaired by a roofer or brick mason. This quick guide will show you who to call when different parts of your chimney or fireplace are broken.
Broken or Cracked Fire Box
The Firebox is where you burn your gas or wood logs. It’s visible from inside the home and typically referred to as the hearth. If your Firebox is cracked or in need of repairs, you should absolutely call a chimney repair specialist. These people have to know how to fix your chimney with the right equipment and can find the most economical ways to repair cracks, such as applying fireclay instead of replacing an entire Firebox slab.
If your chimney has damaged masonry, then your best bet is to contact a brick mason. This professional can rebuild the entire structure of your chimney if need be. Brick masons have all the tools to do the job safely and quickly. They can also salvage any bricks to save you on material costs.
The flashing is the seal between the roof and the side of the chimney. This area is in a roofer’s wheelhouse and is a common part of residential roof repairs. If you have a chimney leak that is coming from bad or improperly installed flashing, you should call a skilled roofer. These pros will remove the material around the chimney and install new flashings and counter flashing. Some surrounding roofing should also be replaced so make sure that there is no gap between the roof and the chimney.
Damaged Chimney Cap
The chimney cap is the protective coating that goes on top of your chimney. It keeps rain from coming inside your chimney k. When your chimney cap is damaged, it can have pin holes or breaches that can let in insects and troublesome downdrafts. If your chimney cap is damaged, you should first contact a chimney sweep.
These professionals focus solely on the chimney and its components and have the best recommendations and methods to fix a chimney cap. You may also contact a roofer who has a background in chimneys, but your first step should be to contact a chimney professional.
Never start a fire in your chimney until after you get the all-clear after a professional chimney inspection. Your report should state “safe to burn” before you can confidently enjoy the comforts of a home fire this season.
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