Leaks in or around the chimney are one of the most common problems in Houston.
Acadian understands chimneys because we help some of the finest custom home builders in the area plan, construct and prevent chimney related problems.
During construction, chimneys can be one of the most challenging areas for builders to manage. They are hard to access, often requires scaffolding, multiple trades are engaged after installation of the roof. During this process the surrounding roof system is damaged resulting in pre-mature failure of the roof.
Depending on the decorative exterior materials utilized on the chimney chase such as stucco, brick, siding, or stone, the flashings much be planned and installed prior to the applications of these systems to prevent future problems.
Some chimneys are so wide they require cricket installation to help divert water around the chase during heavy rains. This all has to be identified and built prior to the installation of the roof system and flashings in the construction process.
Unfortunately, for some builders/homeowner's chimneys are an afterthought and a number of short cuts are utilized to reduce construction costs that result is premature failure. One of the most common is the use of counterflashing saw cut and caulked into the brick/stucco. The best caulk available will last at best 6 months to a year before failure.
Chimneys have several possible leak points which need to be routinely inspected for your safety and to prevent expensive interior water damage.
Due to our location close to the coast and industrial complex's that make or city great metal flashings and decorative exteriors deteriorate over time and must be closely monitored as your home ages.
Whether you have an older wood burning fireplace with a clay flue or one of the newer pre-fabricated fireplaces with a metal flue we can help you solve problems.
At Acadian, we recommend the following be inspected annually:
- Spark Arrestor
- Chase Cap
- Chimney Crown
- Flashings at the roof intersections
- Brick, stucco, or siding around the chase
To resolve some the common problems, Acadian fabricates our own flashings out of the highest quality 24 gauge pre-finished flashings in multiple colors, 16 oz copper, stainless steel, and bonderized or paint grip metal.
In addition, using the same materials we fabricate custom chase top caps with decorative shrouds in many popular styles
We can also help you rebuild crowns, repair damaged mortar and waterproof your chase exterior to extend the life of your chase.