Chimney Liner Installation
Do you know what type of chimney liner you have? Many homes have a terra cotta flue tile liner. While these liners are very effective as heat insulators they are also very brittle and usually crack when they are exposed to thermal shock. National Fire Code 211 (NFPA 211) recommends these liners be repaired or replaced when they crack. A very good way to correct these problems is to install a stainless steel chimney liner. Many stainless steel liners have lifetime warrantees and can effectively handle the thermal stress of chimney fires. Most homeowners have insurance policies that coverage includes chimney fire damage; the insurance companies understand that the cost of a liner is better than the cost of an entire house.
Chimney Cap Installation
A chimney without a cap is like a house without a roof. There is little air circulation in the chimney (unless you are using it) and no sunlight so the inside of the chimney stays wet long after the rain stops. The moisture erodes the mortar joints and weakens the brick. Add the freezing and thawing cycle during the cold months and you have all the needed ingredients for a deteriorating chimney.
A chimney cap keeps out rain, snow, birds and other animals as well as leaves, twigs and other debris which could lead to a blockage or chimney fire. Keep sparks from leaving the chimney and igniting nearby combustibles with a chimney cap. Additionally a chimney cap will help eliminate wind induced downdrafts.
We work with both round and square caps for best overall appearance.