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September 2015

Featured Home: Annapolis, MD

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These Annapolis homeowners recently bought this home in Annapolis Roads which was in need of some major updating and maintenance. We installed a new Tamko Heritage roof and aluminum gutters and built a new front portico including a standing seam metal roof.


Here’s what the homeowner had to say about us:

“Fichtner Services helped us dress up and improve the exterior of our home in Annapolis. The new portico that they helped us design and then built is a great improvement to our exterior and replacing our worn roof with new architectural shingles really improved the overall look. Top it off with a new paint job and our house looks 1000% better then when we purchased it. They provided excellent customer service and competitive pricing.”

– John H, Annapolis

Are Chimney Issues Making Your Roof Leak?

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One of the main culprits for roof leaks is chimney issues, especially after a long, soaking rain. Water comes down inside or outside of the chimney, inside the flue, or along the roof line from the chimney. Fichtner Services checks roof and flashing first for installation and maintenance issues but many leaks are due to the chimney cap or the brick and mortar itself.

Chimney Leak Causes

1) Roofing and Flashing Installation Errors or Maintenance Problems

Unfortunately, some leaks are due to installation error or poor material selection. Most of the time, though, leaks are caused by maintenance issues. Over time, flashing should be re-caulked where it ties into the brick or stone chimney.

2) An Open Flue Pipe

Without a cover over the flue pipe, water and debris can enter the chimney. The easiest and best solution to keep 90% of the rain out is with a cover.

3) The Concrete Cap is Porous and Allows Water Into the Chimney

Brick and mortar are porous materials. Just as with a sponge, water is absorbed by these materials and over time, it can slowly leak out. The best way to prevent absorption is with a sheet metal cap and 5% silicone spray-seal by Drylok. In most cases, this combination will completely stop water intrusion into the home.

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