Company Blog

Make Sure Your Chimney Has a Proper Chimney Cap

To best protect your fireplace and chimney, a chimney cap should be professionally installed at its top. All Seasons Chimney knows the importance of having a chimney cap on top of a chimney to keep water, animals, and debris out of the flue. Not only does a good chimney cap protect your chimney, but it can also prolong its life. We would like to tell you more about chimney caps by sharing some information from Best Pick Reports with you.

chimney-cap-facts-image-poughkeepsie-ny-all-seasons-chimney

Why do I need a chimney cap?

Without a chimney cap, your chimney makes a square foot hole in your roof, and this allows your home to be extremely vulnerable to the elements of weather. A chimney cap prevents water from rain and melted snow from getting into your chimney. Water leaks can destroy masonry chimneys so it is essential to keep water out of the flue. Chimney caps also stop birds and animals from entering your chimney to nest. If you have ever experienced having a bird or animal inside your chimney, you know how much damage one can do to the interior of your chimney. Birds and animals also become fire hazards, so keeping these critters out of a chimney is crucial for safety reasons. Another reason you need a chimney cap is to keep sparks and burning embers from jumping out of the flue and possibly igniting a fire on a roof or a brushfire in your yard. The mesh screening on the sides of a chimney cap can prevent animals and birds from entering as well as sparks and embers from exiting.

What type of materials should a chimney cap be made from?

At All Seasons Chimney, we only sell chimney caps made from stainless steel and copper because these materials are strong, durable, and rust-resistant. Inexpensive chimney caps made from galvanized metals rust easily and do not last as long as chimney caps made from stainless steel and copper.

Do I need a customized chimney cap?

If your chimney has more than one flue, you can get a single, multi-flue chimney cap. The size of your chimney may also dictate whether or not you need a customized chimney cap.

Can I install my own chimney cap?

Although installing a chimney cap is fairly simple, All Seasons Chimney does not recommend taking this task into your own hands. Our certified chimney technicians will take time to perform all of the necessary measurements to be sure your chimney cap is properly fitted. A professional installation guarantees your chimney cap is best protecting your chimney and fireplace.

Have more questions about chimney caps? Contact All Seasons Chimney to learn more about this important preventive tool.

Why Your Chimney Needs a Cap

The seasons finally transitioned, and autumn is in full force. Chilly winds have started stripping trees of their colorful leaves, and everyone is digging up their cold weather clothes. In New York, the cold weather sets in fast, so many people have already started to think about heating their homes. For the homeowners who use fireplaces or stoves to heat the house, a little extra work is in order to keep the heating appliance functioning safely. Every year, the fireplace and chimney need to be professionally swept and inspected. This should cover most of the bases to keep your home and family safe. One little piece that sometimes goes forgotten though – the chimney cap and it deserves a bit more attention.

chimney-cap-new-windsor-ny-all-seasons-chimney

The chimney cap sits on the very top of the chimney and serves as a cover for the inside of the chimney. They are relatively inexpensive, usually made of copper or steel, and are too often forgotten about, especially considering how important they are. Chimney caps have the simple yet vital purpose of preventing objects that do not belong in the chimney from entering in the first place.

Common but troublesome chimney visitors are little animals looking for a warm place to stay. A recently used fireplace creates a warm chimney that attracts birds and squirrels. These critters only want a cozy place to weather the upcoming winter, but this can cause some serious problems for you. Any kind of obstruction in your chimney prevents the smoke and other toxic gases from properly venting. As a result, these gases backtrack right into your home, which can have potentially deadly consequences like carbon monoxide poisoning. You can easily prevent this issue by having a well-fitted chimney cap installed.

Another purpose of the chimney cap is to keep water from leaking inside. It surprises some homeowners that water can actually cause extensive damage to your chimney. The water will rust the steel flue lining, causing it to deteriorate. This then exposes the interior of the chimney structure to water. If you have a masonry chimney, the water will absorb right into the structure and degrade the materials throughout the freeze and thaw cycles of winter. The chimney may eventually crack or even collapse. Water can also seep all the way into your fireplace and rust your damper assembly. You may even see water damage on the walls and ceiling surrounding your fireplace. All of this damage can add up to a lot of money in repairs, so spending a little upfront for a chimney cap does not seem like such a bad idea after all.

When your mason stops out to sweep and inspect your chimney, ask him or her to look at the chimney cap. It may be damaged or even missing completely, but your mason can give you the best advice on how to proceed. If you live in the Hudson Valley area and think your chimney needs a new cap, contact All Seasons Chimney for a professional consultation.