When a chimney is built, a cement crown typically covering the entire top with the flue pipe in the center. The flue opening vents the smoke and fumes from your fireplace. It's vital to protect the flue and your chimney from moisture and debris without impeding its function so that smoke and gases can escape.
A flue cap only covers the flue opening to help prevent rain and snow from getting inside. This is comparable to wearing a Baseball Cap in the pouring rain - it helps but you will still get soaked!
We recommend an “Outside Mount Chimney Cap” which covers and protects the entire top of the chimney. This Custom Chimney Cap is more like an Umbrella protecting the whole top of the chimney against outside elements while shedding water away from the chimney and flashing. Moisture is the major enemy of your chimney causing damage to the bricks, mortar and interior components of the chimney system. The screened area (spark arresters) keep sparks and bigger floating particles from escaping and landing on the roof or nearby combustible areas. These also do a great job of keeping debris and animals out of your chimney system.
These beautiful chimney caps have a screened area, a full lid and a mounting system that covers the entire top the chimney. This will not only cover the flue opening but also will cover and protect the cement chimney crown against the elements that can cause it to deteriorate as well.
Moisture, along with decaying debris, can also cause mold and algae to develop, resulting in deterioration of the masonry parts of the chimney.
Minimizes water intrusion – Water is the mortal enemy of a chimney. A chimney cap is designed to push water and snow away from the chimney and flue.
Prevents obstructions – Small birds, pests, and debris like leaves and small twigs can enter and clog the flue, sending carbon monoxide exhaust back into your living space.
Reduces downdrafts – Strong wind gusts can force a large volume of air straight down an unprotected flue that can blow smoke and soot out of the fireplace.
Spark arrestor – Many chimney caps feature a spark arrestor that prevents hot embers from flying onto the roof and starting a fire.
Is your Flue Cap broken or missing? Although these are typically durable devices and will perform flawlessly for several years, they need to be inspected at least once a year. A broken or missing flue cap leaves your flue vulnerable to moisture, pests, and debris that can be destructive to your chimney. Also, critters like birds, squirrels, and raccoons may use their sharp teeth on the wire mesh screen when they are looking for a warm place to nest. It may also become warped or bent in dangerous storms. Constant exposure to rainy weather may cause them to rust or corrode over time.
Advanced Chimney Sweep provides expert custom chimney cap installation and replacements. Chimney caps are available in a variety of fashionable styles and typically made of long-lasting stainless steel. They can even be powder-coated in the color of your choice for a beautiful decorative appearance. We can have a custom chimney cap custom-built for the exact size of your chimney.
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