Chimney Cricket Information

A chimney cricket could be the answer to your problems if you are having problems with a leaking roof on the upslope side of the chimney.

Crickets(also called saddles) are small peak-shaped roof projections that are perpendicular to the chimney and the roof. They are installed at the intersection of the roof and the high side of the chimney to prevent snow, ice, water and debris from collecting behind the chimney.

When water and other debris collect near the chimney, it can back up under the shingles and cause water to leak into the house. Obviously, you don't want that!

Do I need one?

It is usually recommended and required that you install a cricket if your chimney is more than 24" wide and located in the slope of the roof. Also, even if your chimney is a little less than 24" wide but is in a steep roof, you should consider installing a cricket if you are having leaks.

The bottom line is that nobody wants a leaky roof. If you are having problems, installing a cricket could solve the problem. As always, it's a good idea to consult with a professional if you are not experienced with roof and chimney construction.

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