Chimney Caps

It has been said a chimney without a cap is like a house without a roof... or a house with a 12-inch hole.

Chimney capHow much water would come into your home during a rainstorm if you had a hole in your roof twelve inches square? Chimney flues may be even larger than that, so where does all that water go? It runs down the chimney and seeps into the bricks and mortar, settling behind the firebricks in the fireplace.

There is little air circulation in the chimney (unless you're using it) and no sunlight, so the inside of the chimney stays wet long after the rain stops. This moisture erodes the mortar joints and weakens the brick. Add to this a freeze/thaw cycle during the cold months, and you have all the ingredients for a deteriorating chimney.

Sometimes you can't see the damage happening while your beautiful fireplace and chimney slowly deteriorate. This is a particularly important consideration if you have a metal firebox that incorporates a metal damper and smoke shelf. All fireplace dampers made of metal are subject to this deterioration: the water mixes with creosote and forms mild acids. Even chimneys serving woodstoves need a cover.

Here are several good reasons to have a chimney cap:

We use two types of chimney caps: Stainless steel, which comes with a lifetime quarantee, and a lock top damper, which also comes with a lifetime quarantee and will save you 25% on your energy bill.

For all services related to your chimney and fireplace, give us a call today at 919-370-6259 or email us.

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