Chimney Caps Protect Your Chimney
Just like every house needs a roof, every chimney needs a cap. Chimney caps are protective coverings that are usually made of stainless steel, galvanized steel, or copper. Most chimney caps have a mesh screening that serves as both a spark arrestor and barrier.
What Does a Chimney Cap Do?
Among other purposes, chimney caps are used to keep out animals like squirrels, birds, and raccoons. Chimney flues can be more than 12 inches wide; just think how many animals could fit through a 12-inch space.
Chimney caps also seal out rain, sleet, and snow. Imagine how much water would come into your home during a rainstorm if you had a 12-inch hole in your roof. All that water would run down your chimney and seep into the bricks and mortar, settling behind the firebricks. And if your chimney gets wet, it stays wet since there’s no sunlight and very little air circulation inside. Because water is the biggest cause of damage to chimney masonry, you’ll want to make sure that you keep water out of your flue to protect your chimney and fireplace from deteriorating.
Chimney caps also prevent blockages caused by leaves, twigs, and other debris that might otherwise enter your flue. And they help eliminate wind-induced downdrafts, making it easier to keep that fire or furnace burning.
It’s important to remember that chimney caps, also known as “spark arrestors,” are as valuable for what they keep inside the chimney as for what they keep out. We’re talking about sparks and embers, which you wouldn’t want to escape onto your roof. The mesh that wraps around your chimney cap will ensure that the sparks from your chimney don’t get out and start a fire on your rooftop.
Why Should You Have a Chimney Cap?
- Keep out rain, snow and sleet.
- Keep out animals and birds.
- Keep out leaves, twigs, and other debris that could start a fire or cause a blockage.
- Keep sparks from leaving the chimney and igniting nearby combustibles.
- Help eliminate wind-induced downdrafts.
Which Chimney Cap Is Right for You?
Chimney caps are made from a variety of materials. The most common are galvanized, stainless steel, and copper. Stainless steel caps are guaranteed against rust and have the best chance of lasting a long time. We also offer copper chimney caps. These last much longer than those made of regular galvanized metal and lots of our customers love the way they patina through the years.
Spending a little extra for a good-quality chimney cap with a lifetime warranty is money well spent because you won’t have to worry about rust staining your chimney. The best chimney caps will stand up to severe weather, heat from your fireplace, and animals for the life of your chimney.
We’re Your Chimney Experts
Your chimney cap should be attached by a certified chimney sweep. The certified chimney professionals at Chimney Saver Solutions can inspect your chimney and advise you on whether or not your chimney cap needs replacing. In addition, we can also replace your damper and other chimney accessories if needed.
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