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Masonry Chimneys VS Factory-Built Chimneys

Chimney systems are available in two types: masonry and factory-built, or prefabricated (prefab). The experts at All Seasons Chimney has been taking care of chimneys in the lower Hudson Valley region for over 25 years. We provide professional installation services for masonry and prefab chimneys. If you are considering adding a new chimney and fireplace system in your home, we can help you decide. To help you understand the differences between these chimneys, we would like to tell you more about them.

MASONRY CHIMNEYS

spalling masonry chimneyMasonry chimneys are built to last a lifetime. They are the traditional type of chimney that most people think of and know about. You will know if you have this type of chimney by looking at the firebox. If you see yellowish firebrick, a specialized masonry material that can withstand extremely high temperatures, then you have a masonry chimney. It is durable and dependable, a masonry chimney and fireplace system should give you years of cozy and warm fires.

However, you do need to keep up with a few important maintenance responsibilities to prolong the life of this system. To help you with these tasks, All Seasons Chimney provides professional chimney sweeping and inspection services. It is recommended by the industry experts like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) to have at least one sweeping and inspection a year. We also offer waterproofing treatment services to protect your masonry chimney against water penetration.

FACTORY-BUILT CHIMNEYS

If you look into your firebox and see refractory panels, you have a prefabricated chimney system. This type of chimney system is manufactured from metal, and it is designed to be installed as a complete unit. Growing in popularity over the past several decades, factory-built systems typically include a chase made of wood or masonry materials. The wood or masonry materials hide the metal chimney pipe so that it looks like a traditional chimney.

Although this type of chimney can give you years of service, you should know that they don’t last as long as masonry chimneys. For safety reasons, you should look out for signs of aging such as cracks in the firebox panels. Cracks and aging of these systems can lead to an increased risk for residential fires. You should also be careful to not overuse your prefab fireplace, as these units are generally not made for heavy use.

No matter which type of chimney you may have, you can depend on the CSIA-certified chimney technicians at All Seasons Chimney to take care of your system. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for our professional annual chimney maintenance services!

The Benefits of a Video Chimney Inspection

Since some parts of your chimney are hidden, there are likely hazards that are impossible for you to see. That is why it is very important to have a professional chimney sweeping and inspection every year. Although a professional chimney sweep can get a better look at your chimney, it can still be difficult to examine the hidden parts. At All Seasons Chimney, we gives you the option of scheduling a video chimney inspection.

A video scan comes with the Level 2 inspections, but we can add this to our Level 1 inspection too. Our certified and trained chimney professionals use the Chim-Scan Chimney Inspection Camera System to get an up-close look at the inside of your chimney. With a thorough look at the inside of your chimney, you can rest easy. We would like to tell you more about the benefits of this chimney inspection.

Provides clear evidence for home insurance claims

man inspecting chimneyIf your chimney has been struck by lightning, a chimney fire, or another incident, a video scan chimney inspection will give you exactly what you need to give to your home insurance agent when filing a claim. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney professionals provide you photographs of any damage we find during the inspection. You will also receive a copy of the video scan.

Allows chimney professionals to find hazards lurking inside the chimney

One of the most dangerous issues inside a chimney is having cracks in the flue liner. When this type of damage is present, you are at a greater risk for an accidental fire. With our Chim-Scan video camera system, we are able to find any damage inside your chimney. This is why a Level 2 chimney inspection is necessary when buying or selling a home. You will be able to use the video scan and the photographs of the chimney, if we find problems, when negotiating the price of the home.

Adding a video scan to your chimney inspection is the best way to know your chimney is safe and efficient. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment!