One of the most important components of your fireplace system is a chimney cap. Sitting on the top of the chimney structure, they protect and cover the top of the flue. A damaged chimney cap, however, can cause damage throughout the fireplace system.
Chimney caps are more than just a decorative feature; they play an important role in protecting your fireplace and chimney system. The following are just a few of the ways chimney caps protect your fireplace system.
- Shields the roof, nearby trees, and other outbuildings from stray sparks and embers.
- Keeps rain and other water out of the chimney and flue.
- Prevents animals from entering and nesting in the chimney.
- Protects the chimney from blockages caused by leaves, branches, and other debris.
Chimney cap repair and replacement.
Because of the location of the chimney cap, identifying damage may be difficult. A chimney inspection is often needed in order to diagnose a damaged chimney cap. There are a number of signs that your chimney cap may be damaged; chimney leaks, animal entry, persistent odors, or drafting issues can all be signs of a damaged chimney cap.
If your chimney cap has been damaged, it is important to have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Repairing or replacing the damaged chimney cap prevents additional damage to the fireplace system and can help extend the life of your chimney system.
Choosing the right chimney cap.
Not all chimney caps are created equal. With a variety of sizes and styles available it is important to get a chimney cap that fits correctly – as well as complements your home’s exterior design. The type of chimney cap your home needs will depend on the size and style of your chimney; the following are three of the most common kinds of chimney caps.
- Single flue chimney cap. Single flue chimney caps are the standard for most homes. With a solid top and mesh sides, chimney caps can be made of metals such as galvanized steel, stainless steel, or copper. Chimney caps come in several standard sizes in order to best fit your chimney.
- Multi-flue chimney cap. If you have multiple flues, a multi-flue chimney cap can attractively cover them under a single hood; many homeowners prefer a multi-flue chimney cap to several smaller caps. Like other chimney caps, multi-flue chimney caps are available in several metals and finishes.
- Custom chimney cap. Can’t find something you like? A custom chimney cap can be specifically designed and built for your home. A custom chimney cap is a unique chimney feature that can be made with your choice of materials to exactly fit your chimney.
Don’t let a damaged chimney cap affect the rest of your fireplace system. Instead, have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent potential damage this spring. For more information on the importance of the chimney cap or to schedule maintenance for your fireplace system, contact Coopertown Services today!