EVERY HOME NEEDS A CHIMNEY CAP
While new home builders seldom install chimney caps on masonry chimneys, virtually every chimney expert agrees that a chimney cap is an essential part of every chimney.
A CHIMNEY CAP SERVES FOUR IMPORTANT ROLES:
1. PREVENTS MOISTURE DAMAGE:
Rain entering the chimney will corrode the damper and even damage flue tiles. We’ve inspected countless uncapped chimneys that require costly repairs to correct “freeze-thaw” induced moisture damage because the chimney did not have a cap.
2. KEEPS BATS, BIRDS AND ANIMALS OUTSIDE:
Few homeowners realize how frequently birds and animals fall into a chimney and become trapped. Even more disturbing are homeowner tales of soot drenched (and possibly rabid) squirrels rocketing from their fireplace into the family room and beyond.
3. GUARDS AGAINST FLUE BLOCKAGE BY LEAVES AND OTHER DEBRIS
If you have tall trees near your home, it’s vital to make sure your chimney is protected with a quality chimney cap.
4. REDUCES FIRE RISK:
By stopping airborne embers and sparks from floating upward out of the chimney, a chimney cap protects surrounding trees, and homes that are clad with flammable shingles or cedar shakes.