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Need A New Chimney Cap? Olde Town Chimney Sweeps Has You (And Your Chimney) Covered!

chimney caps graphic three different types of caps

Chimneys add a certain aesthetic beauty to our homes and help keep our families safe from the smoke and harmful gases that would otherwise leak into our homes without them. Since we value them for the protection that they provide to our families, why shouldn’t we protect them a little, too? This is where chimney caps come into play. They’re not required by laws or codes to be on our chimneys; however, it is strongly recommended that you consider having one installed.

The Purpose Of A Chimney Cap

It’s quite simple actually. The basic job of a chimney cap is to cover the chimney’s opening in an effort to keep water, birds and other wildlife, leaves, twigs and other debris from getting into your chimney and/or house.

With a chimney cap, water is directed away from the center and off the sides of your chimney. Birds, other wildlife, leaves, twigs and other debris are prevented from entering your chimney via the mesh screening on the side. If any of these things were to get into your chimney, they could damage it and cause more problems for you down the road. On the other hand, keeping them all out can increase the lifetime of your chimney liner.

Chimney Cap Material Options

Eight Varieties of chimney caps. Metal, silver, gold and bronze in color

Chimney caps are made from a variety of materials—galvanized steel, copper, stainless steel, and aluminum—and can be simple or ornate. Stainless steel caps generally give homeowners the most bang for their buck, as they are not impacted by the elements as much as are the other materials.

Galvanized steel and aluminum caps can and will eventually rust and need to be replaced, while shiny, more expensive copper caps will slowly weather and eventually end up the same color as the Statue of Liberty (many homeowners actually prefer copper’s natural patina and will be willing to fork over the extra money for it; it’s purely a personal preference).

Why You Need To Have A Chimney Cap Installed

For those who are worried about the cost associated with a chimney cap, basic caps can be found at a pretty fair price. Deciding to purchase a chimney cap and have it installed by a professional chimney technician is a choice you won’t regret. It’s much cheaper to add a chimney cap now than to have to later repair or replace your chimney liner and water-damaged areas surrounding the chimney.

It’s also a lot cheaper to have a cap installed than to hire a pest removal specialist to remove a family of raccoons from your chimney. Who wants to spend their hard-earned money on pest removal? Do yourself a favor and have a chimney cap installed. It’s a much more worthwhile investment. The certified staff at Olde Town Chimney Sweeps can get your new chimney cap installed in no time. Your chimney and your family will both thank you.

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