11:19AM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 08/13/05
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Previous owners of our home added a room around an existing chimney, which is faced with something like flagstone. The roof around the chimney leaks.

There is flashing which comes up the chimney about a foot, and much caulking around the top of the flashing. There do not appear to be any gaps in the caulking. Someone told us that the flashing should have been inserted into the chimney (where?), which would have been done by cutting into the chimney with a diamond saw. We cannot find anyone who will or can do this for us, or even understands exactly what to do.

We would like to fix the leak. Is it possible, or should be demolish the room?


02:13PM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
you have a base flashing but no counter flash which is what gets cut into the masonry. . Even then sometimes a through flashing is needed to completely stopp all leaks.

Check for a full service roofing company or a sheet metal shop. not a shingle layer. they are not roofers. They anly know or care about how many shingles they can ley ina day, flashing to them is optional. Roofers can do all the required work. In my area, a roofer, a sheet metal man, or a mason can do what you need. I know some skills get scarce is some areas though.

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