There is more to a good roof than just the type of shingle you use. In fact, your chimney is one of the most important, and often most neglected, elements of your roofing system.
People often try to save time and money by ignoring the needs of their chimney, but in the long run a damaged chimney can wreak havoc on your roof and your wallet.
Constructing a proper cricket is a crucial element of your chimney that should not be overlooked. A chimney base with no cricket is one that will inevitably cause many problems and eventually damage your roof. Homeowners should also pay special attention to their chimney flashings, since the chimney frame forms the protective flanks to the actual roof flashing and shingles.
A poorly constructed chimney might put your roof at the risk of water leakage and penetration. In a worse case scenario, you might need to call on a brick mason to solve the issue, but most problems can be solved with a proper installation of a chimney flashing.
Many chimneys are often neglected, even by contractors, so it’s important to get a professional roofer who is experienced at solving chimney problems and making sure that your chimney is in proper order.