A Masonry Chimney Built to Last in Michigan

Posted February 12th, 2011 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Masonry Chimneys
A Masonry Chimney Built to Last

A Masonry Chimney Built to Last

In Michigan we experience some extreme weather conditions that impact the life of your chimney. To know that you are getting a chimney that is properly constructed to withstand the Michigan climate make sure your mason includes some key elements.  It should have water proofing, step flashing, reinforced capping and screening for both sparks and animals.  These items are not added flare they are absolutely imperative details.  Your mason should work with your roofing contractor to make sure the water proofing is done seamlessly.  At the base of the chimney you should have a step flashing or metal through flashing that goes inside and up the face of the chimney with proper weeps to allow water to escape without entering the living space.  The chimney cap is going to get the most exposure to moisture therefore it needs the most carefully designed protection.  Is your mason putting flashing under the cap?  Is he reinforcing the cap?  Is he sloping the cap carefully to make sure water does not sit on it and freeze and cause damage?  These are all valuable questions to ask and need solid answers.  Chimney repairs are costly and can be difficult to deal with in some locations of the home.  Make sure you are prepared to ask the right questions.

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