Why you need a chimney cap
By Doug Hetsch
April 10, 2020
Providing chimney flue protection from environmental elements such as water is one of the most important tasks of being a homeowner. Purchasing a chimney cap for your home’s chimney flue(s) is one of the best ways to do this economically. It is one of the single, most cost-effective ways to protect your home. This is recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
All American Chimney Service is very knowledgeable about chimney tops. For the last 13 years, we have done many chimney cap installations in the Louisville, KY area. Count on us to find the best solutions for your home and fireplace. We can show you a functional chimney cover that fits your home perfectly and ads an exciting architectural element to your home curbside appearance. Also, we have service technicians who’ve received top-notch training and certification from CSIA and other important organizations within our industry. Contact us for more information on how our services can help you improve your fireplace and protect your chimney from premature deterioration. Get more information on how the whole process works and what to expect next.
Why is a custom chimney cap important?
This particular fireplace component is very valuable because it serves many functions simultaneously. Its main function is to work as a chimney cover. It keeps melted ice, rain, and snow from getting into the chimney flue and causing damage and problems. If your home does not have a cap, this leaves a huge opening in the roof. This leaves it open to water damage. Also, birds and wild animals can invade your home and cause damage.
Ensure that your home has a cover that keeps out environmental elements and unwanted guests that cause problems. You also want to find safe ways to keep smoke and gases from migrating back into your home. These things can cause health issues for you and your family. Also, this type of mesh siding is favorable because it prevents hot sparks and embers from jumping out of chimney tops. This is why a custom chimney cap is also known as a spark arrester in our industry.
They also help to decrease drafts by directing the flow of wind. We can install a specialized chimney cover that has appropriate side vents. This helps to reduce drafts. With the right type of fireplace solution, smoke shouldn’t drift back into your home, cause fires, create drafts, or cause any other type of problem that requires a chimney repair.
What else should I know about my chimney cap?
Our company will help you choose from different types of cap materials, such as copper and stainless steel. They can also be powder-coated to any color you desire. We can also help you choose from different mounts such as outside, top, ridgetop, hip, or ridge outside. We are experienced pros who will help you get the right chimney cover for your home. You can rest assured knowing that our CSIA certified pros are qualified to measure your fireplace opening and customize a cap that is the right fit for your home. This is the best way to protect from water damage, which can be quite costly.
A specialized cap will also provide fireplace protection from birds and other critters such as raccoons, squirrels, and birds that want to reside in your fireplace. This is a common occurrence when it comes to a particular bird known as the chimney swift. When it gets into your fireplace, it can cause numerous problems. This is because it is protected by the federal Migratory Birds Treat Act. If and when it decides to create a nest in your fireplace during the spring, you cannot remove it. It is the law. You must wait until it decides to leave your home during the fall.
To prevent this from happening again, you must hire professionals to install a custom chimney cap. Let us help you. Don’t allow these birds to return and create more problems. We know how to deal with these migratory birds. We are experienced in how to install chimney tops that prevent them from building nests. Allow us to walk you through the whole process with ease.
To deal with many fireplace problems, you’ll need to call in the professionals. We have serviced many homes in the Louisville, KY area. Give us a call today at All American Chimney Service. We can schedule an appointment to take measurements and get started on creating a high-quality cap for your home. Don’t leave your home open to potential water damage. Also, protect your home from birds and other critters looking for a place to stay at your expense. Not only can we install caps, but we are here if you need a chimney repair or other fireplace maintenance.