Choosing the Right Chimney Cap

Taking care of your chimney means making sure you have the right parts. This makes the system work efficiently and safely. One of the most important components of your chimney and fireplace system is the chimney cap. However, there are many different varieties of caps on the market. Therefore, it can be a challenge knowing which cap is the best one for your chimney. All Seasons Chimney sells and installs different types of chimney caps. In addition, our staff can help you find the perfect one to complete your system. Since knowing exactly what the functions of a chimney cap are can help you to choose the right cap, we would like to tell you more about these functions.

Choosing The Right Chimney Cap Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyPrevent water penetration.

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a chimney cap is the most economical way to keep water out of your chimney. It sits at the top of the chimney and covers the hole. This is so water from rain and snow cannot enter. Most caps are made with a slight angle. In doing this, it allows water to run off the top of the cap and away from the chimney.

Keep animals out of the chimney.

Without a cap on the top of your chimney, birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals can easily get inside to build nests or stay warm during the winter. You will need a chimney cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides to prevent small animals from entering. This can be helpful to keep wild animals from becoming trapped inside your chimney to cause damage and possibly even die within your home.

Prevent accidental fires.

The mesh metal sides that keep out wild animals. They can also stop hot sparks and embers from jumping out of the top of the chimney.  These hot sparks and embers could land on your roof or yard and ignite a fire, which could easily become out of control. Also known as a spark arrestor, this type of chimney cap is great for avoiding fire hazards.

Improve chimney draft.

Are you having problems with smoke coming into your home or other chimney draft issues? If so, you may want to look for a chimney cap that is equipped with special vents that direct the wind. This can help the draft to do what it is supposed to do. It does this by sucking the smoke and other byproducts of combustion out of your home through the chimney.

You can find chimney caps made from copper, stainless steel, and other metals in various sizes and shapes. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to find out more about our chimney cap sales and professional installation services. We are happy to help you find the right cap for your chimney.

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