The top of your chimney is where the flue exits the structure of the chimney and vents smoke and gases produced by the fire below. Often you will find that there is covering over the flue known as a flue cover or cap to prevent rain and debris from getting inside.
Around the flue is known as the chimney’s crown; it’s a structure that covers the chimney’s masonry, protecting bricks and mortar under it from water and solar damage. A chimney crown is usually made from concrete because of its strong water resistance. As strong as a chimney crown is, it can also be worn down by the sun and rain. Cracks in the crown will allow water to penetrate your chimney’s bricks and mortar. Over time water can cause extensive damage to your chimney.
How can you protect your chimney’s crown and flue? With a Custom Full Width Chimney Cap, of course.
A custom full-width chimney cap is designed to protect both your chimney crown and flue. Think of it as an umbrella for your chimney. It keeps water out of your chimney, which can damage your masonry and the firebox. A custom full-width chimney cap will protect your chimney from rain, snow, and hail. Dew that forms on your chimney cap won’t touch your chimney’s crown or flue. Having a custom full-width chimney cap will extend the life of your chimney from water protection alone.
Here are some additional benefits of having a custom full-width chimney cap installed.
Flue Blockage Protection- When debris such as leaves, pine needles, branches, or dirt and litter carried by the wind get into your chimney, it can create a blockage. When your chimney’s flue is blocked, smoke and toxic gases will stay inside your house, possibly causing carbon monoxide poisoning. A custom full-width chimney cap will keep debris out of your chimney.
Downdraft Protection- If you use your fireplace during a snowstorm, you don’t want gale-force wind gusts coming down your chimney and blowing soot and smoke into your house. A custom full-width chimney cap will reduce downdrafts, so they don’t cause a problem.
Fire Protection- The spark arrestor on a full-width chimney cap will keep white-hot embers from landing on your, or your neighbor’s roof and starting a fire.
Wildlife Protection- A full-width chimney cap will keep birds, bats, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and other unwelcome wildlife from taking up residence in your chimney.
If your current chimney cap is broken, rusted through, or missing, you need to replace it immediately. Our chimney sweeps are adept at installing new custom full-width chimney caps. FlameMaster is a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), and all of our chimney sweeps are Chimney Sweep Institute of America (CSIA) certified. We will inspect your chimney and the cap to see what needs to be done. When we replace the old chimney cap, we will replace it with a high-quality custom full-width chimney cap that will guard your chimney for years to come.
Don’t let a damaged or missing chimney cap destroy your chimney. We can install a new custom full-width chimney cap right away to protect your chimney and home. We perform chimney inspection and repair services in Woodland Park CO, Colorado Springs CO, Westcreek CO, Florissant CO, Deckers CO, and Larkspur CO; call us now at (719) 661-3277. A chimney expert will be happy to speak with you about replacing your chimney cap with a new custom full-width chimney cap.