We Install Chimney Caps & Custom Caps For Protection That Looks Great!
If you look at the top of your chimney, you’ll see that your flue actually extends up past the chimney stack and crown. Without proper protection, your flue is out in the elements and vulnerable to damage, day in and day out, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Every chimney needs a properly-fitted cap, and here’s why:
#1 Chimney caps are guaranteed to keep out animals and birds.
The chimney might not be on your list of “best places to raise a family,” but for some birds and animals, it’s a cozy and inviting place away from the elements. When it starts to get cold, the warmth of the chimney makes it an inviting place for animals to nest. Birds, raccoons, squirrels, bats, and chimney swifts can easily enter an uncapped chimney, bringing diseases, feces, and unpleasant smells and sounds with them. Additionally, their nesting materials can block the flow of exhaust gases, which can cause smoke and carbon monoxide to enter your home, result in your heating system to shut off, or even spark a house fire.
Unfortunately, most animals that get into the chimney can’t get out, and end up dying inside. They may also fall down into the fireplace or make their way into your home, which can make for an interesting Friday night, but certainly not a fun one. But installing a quality cap is one of the best ways to protect yourself against these unpleasant and costly situations, and it’s cheaper than removing an animal from the chimney.
#2 Chimney caps keep out debris.
Debris like branches, leaves, pine needles, and other flammable materials can easily fall into an uncapped chimney and restrict the flow of exhaust gases, resulting in a house fire, smoke and carbon monoxide problems, or system shutdown. Debris can also build up behind your fireplace damper, which can make it difficult to open the damper when you’re ready to enjoy a fire in your fireplace.
#3 Chimney caps keep out water and can prevent leaks.
Water, the most destructive force your chimney will face, can easily enter an uncapped chimney as well, eroding the mortar between the sections of the clay tile liner or corroding the metal flue liner. Water can also rust out your damper or any other metal components in your fireplace, damage your furnace exhaust pipes, and potentially damage the furnace itself. The cost to repair missing mortar joints in the flue, replace rusted out components, or replace a furnace far exceed the cost of installing a new chimney cap.
Here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service, we work hard to keep water out by installing quality chimney caps and custom caps for single and multi-flue chimneys.
- Single Flue Caps — We’re proud to offer our neighbors in Philadelphia a large selection of single flue caps in a large variety of sizes and styles. Each cap is designed to cover one flue, so if you have multiple chimneys, you may need more than one. Our caps are available in stainless steel or copper (both materials are designed to last, despite our winters), and each can be powder-coated to the color of your choice. Every cap we sell also carries a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty, and we carry stainless steel caps in the three most common sizes on our trucks at all time.
- Multi-Flue Caps — We also have a variety of multi-flue cap options for homeowners in need of a cap that will cover several flues at once. These are typically preferred when the flues are too close together to fit multiple single flue caps or when the flue tile doesn’t stick up far enough to bolt on a single flue cap. Another reason to opt for a multi-flue cap is that you prefer the look or you’d like your cap to offer protection to a great area of the chimney top. Like our single flue chimney caps, our multi-flue caps come in stainless steel and copper, and can be powder coated to the color of your choice. Each also carries a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty, so you can be confident your cap will offer a long-term solution to water and animal problems.
Is your chimney missing a cap? Let us take care of it! Call 610-626-2439 or fill out our online appointment request form to schedule your chimney cap installation today and enjoy a lifetime of protection against water!