Take Action With A Quality Chimney Cap
A chimney cap is installed atop a chimney to cover the opening of your chimney’s flue and/or chase. Every chimney should be capped because just as there are lots of things you want to keep out of your chimney, there are also things that you want to keep inside your chimney. If you’re not aware of all the great reasons for capping your chimney, let us tell you.
First and foremost, a chimney cap will stop large burning embers from escaping your chimney and landing on your roof or near your house where they can start a fire. It will also keep animals, debris, and water from getting into the chimney. It is most essential to keep the rain water out of your chimney, as water is the number one enemy of chimneys. This is because water not only causes a musty odor when it mixes with soot, it also creates an acid that breaks down mortar and causes chimney components to rust. Of special concern, it can drip on the throat damper—causing it to rust and warp. Brick and mortar are both porous materials that will weaken with continued exposure to water. In other words, the best way to keep your chimney from deteriorating over time, damaging your home, and requiring expensive repairs is to make sure that water stays out of it. Your best bet: Cap that chimney!
Why Do I Need A Chimney Cap?
A chimney cap serves to:
- Eliminate moisture damage: Water entering your chimney erodes masonry and mortar joints and will cause your damper or firebox to rust out or decay. This leads to expensive repairs and creates a potential hazard.
- Prevent bird and animal invasion: Chimney caps protect your chimney from nesting birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other disease-carrying animals.
- Protect against airborne embers and sparks: Our chimney caps have 18 gauge mesh that reduces the risk of fires caused by embers and sparks exiting your chimney flue.
- Guard against flue blockage: Leaves and debris entering your chimney can cause flue blockage and lead to fire, smoke damage, or even carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you need a new chimney cap, Lords Chimney can make sure you have a correctly-sized cap and that it is properly installed to keep water out for the life of your chimney. In addition, if you have a prefabricated fireplace, it’s important to know that not just any chimney cap will do. Manufactured chimneys must have the proper manufacturer-specified chimney cap. We are happy to locate and install the correct cap for your prefab chimney – just give us a call!
Custom Chimney Caps!
Are you looking to add a custom cap that can act as an aesthetic enhancement to your home? Here at Lords Chimney, we provide decorative custom caps that are designed to match a variety of architectural styles and preferences. From beautiful copper pieces to stunning multi-flue caps, we can provide you with the perfect accent for your home. It doesn’t matter what type of chimney you have or what style home you have – we can help!
Live in the greater Houston area? If you need a new chimney cap, call on Lords Chimney. Reach us at 281-497-4000, or use our quick and easy appointment request form!
My husband and I purchased a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian home in the Heights which was more than just a small weekend project! One of the restoration tasks included completely gutting the old fireplace, chase, and chimney as they were not to code or functioning properly. Lords Chimney worked many hours on our "little" project removing the old brick (a very dirty job!) and retrofitting an entirely new system, even taking care to match the chimney brackets to the original brick color. The original brick was saved and placed in a nice pile for us in the back yard so that we could use it to lay a patio. We are so thrilled with our new fireplace and lovely gas logs. We look forward to hiring Lords Chimney to tackle a second fireplace upstairs. A big thank you to Lords for a terrific job!
~ Amanda S.