Here we go again! Strong Storms Passing Thru. What about my chimney?

Strong storms are back again. Here we thought it was going to be strong storms over the weekend from the hurricane and it turned out to be not so bad. However, today can be a different issue. I think you’ve read enough about debris and leaks, this time let’s talk about your chimney.

Chimney’s are a common fixture in our homes. When high winds cause the rain to go horizontally instead of vertically, it becomes a perfect entry point to our chimneys. Watch for water dripping down. You may hear a dripping sound or see a puddle of water inside your fireplace. Quite unpleasant to clean.

Water can also make its way in if the mortar is weak or if the step flashing isn’t firm and in place. This fall, be sure to have your roof checked as Showalter always checks the chimney for problems. It’s a common problem many homeowners experience and don’t realize the damage it can cause.
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Hurricane Isaac Begins Its Downpour on the South Suburbs Making It Journey North

Rain has finally made its way from the south offering us much needed rain. The south suburbs are projected to receive approximately 3″ while the northern suburbs will get about 1″ – 1.5″ of rain.

As the rain continues today and tomorrow, keep watch on your home for stains on the ceiling. Stains are the result of leaks in the roof. If we can catch the leak right away, then you can avoid costly damage done to the roofing system as well as your personal items on the inside. Also be sure to check for any missing shingles or wooden shakes. This will be an obvious place for rain water to enter. Remember, just because the rain enters in through one spot doesn’t mean the leak will be directly underneath. Water loves to travel! Be sure to check the entire house for stains as you never know where water might end up…even your skylights!

Next time, we’ll talk how water travels in our chimney’s.

Let us know if you need a check on your roof. 630-499-7700.

Tree Branches Touching the Roof? Not Good.

Tree Branches on Roof

Tree Branches on Roof

Trees are certainly an important part of our landscape. It beautifies as well as keeps our homes cool during the summer months. We are aware of the downfalls too. Each fall, we climb the ladder and pull the leaves from the gutters.

 

But one area remains unattended…the tree branches. Tree branches are harmful to roofing systems. As the branches sway in the wind, they scratch on the surface of the shingle causing the particles to come off. These granules are critical as they protect the roof.

 

Take time to get those branches off the roof.

It will extend the life of your roof.

 

Architectural Sheet Metal

Showalter Roofing has a Sheet Metal Division? We can create copper bay window, repair chimney systems to gutters. Watch as Shawn, Director of Sheet Metal Division creates a box style gutter. You’ll be able to appreciate the artistry of this wonderful craft.

Spring Roof Tune-Up

An Interview with Ty Thiel, Director of Residential Roofing

Q: Ty, Showalter is offering a service called the ‘Spring Tune Up’.  What is the service?

A:  Showalter developed the cost effective program so homeowners can be proactive in keeping a healthy roof. It allows us the opportunity to inspect the roofing system and point out and repair

Maintain Your Roof

Maintain Your Roof

potential problems before they occur.

Q: What is included in the Spring Tune Up?

A:  When we inspect the entire roof, we’re searching for the following:

  • Missing or loose shingles
  • Deteriorated caulking
  • Soft spots on the roof deck
  • Rusted or deteriorated flashing

We also inspect the bricks and mortar on and around the chimney. This can be a serious issue is not caught early.

Q: If you find these issues, do you fix it right away?

A: Yes, if it’s maintenance issues we need to care for, we do it right away. If a situation has grown into a problem, we’ll present the facts and proof to the homeowner.

Q: Some homeowners like to purchase their own shingles.  Is that an issue?

A: No, we’ll work with your materials.

Q: How much does a Spring Tune Up Cost?

A: It is only $300 and includes replacement up to one bundle of shingles.

Q: How do we get started?

A:  Call our office at 630.499.7700 and ask for the Spring Roof Tune Up. It’s a great way to ensure the safety and security of your home after a long winter.

Importance of Chimney Tops

Have you noticed that there is too much or too little draft coming through your chimney flue?  Has there been an increase in your energy bills due to a drafty chimney?  Maybe, you have found water damage around the path of your chimney?  If so, than you may consider installing a chimney top or cap.  Chimney caps are an inexpensive guard against many problems that might occur in relation to owning a chimney.Chimney Top

 Standard caps are made from a number of different materials and serve multiple functions.  Theses materials include steel, stainless steel, copper, and aluminum.  Most models feature side screening which keeps most birds and small animals out of the chimney.   Some people use a chimney for a gas fireplace or a wood fireplace, some for a wood-burning stove.  A chimney top serves as an access point to oxygen, protection from uncontrollable elements such as rain and wind, and a way to keep unwanted visitors out of the chimney flue.

 Overtime, the chimney tops on your home may gradually form rust depending on the type of metal that was used during installation.  This rust has the potential of running down the chase and leading to imperfections in your chimney as well as your roof.  With over 25 years experience providing quality installation of architectural metals, Showalter Roofing and their trained staff of professionals can install a quality chimney top to your home.

Do I Need a New Roof? #7 – Masonry and Counterflashing

The breakdown of chimneys and other masonry walls are an indication of roof replacement. If water is coming in along the chimney wall or masonry wall it is either because the counterflashing is failing or the masonry itself is absorbing water.

masonry and counterflashing

This picture shows that the caulking has deteriorated to the point that it is actually missing and water can get behind the metal and enter your home. Deterioration can also occur on the concrete chimney cap which allows moisture to enter as well as weaken and destroy the entire masonry structure. By checking the caulking and maintaining the chimney with masonry sealant, the cost of repair or replacement are avoided.

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