Why Do You Need a Chimney Cap?
Chimney Caps Keep Out The Rain
If this was the only reason for installing a cap it would be enough. I have seldom seen an uncapped chimney over five years old that was not suffering from some kind of water damage. Go over to you fireplace right now and look at the back firewall near the base. Take a screwdriver or coin and run it across the mortar between the bricks. Seem a little crumbly? Or maybe it's obvious just looking at it. Rain puddles up on the smoke shelf, mixes with creosote in the chimney and turns into a highly corrosive acid which seeps down and attacks the mortar joints no the back wall of the fireplace. The mortar becomes weak and presto, the bricks on the wall become loose.
- Rain can set off a bad smell in the chimney. This will happen in warm weather, especially if the chimney is dirty or has animal droppings on the smoke shelf.
- Rain speeds the rusting of metal parts of your fireplace. Damper hard to move or frozen?
Caps Keep Out Birds, Squirrels & Other Varmints
Birds are fun to look at but they do ha a few bad qualities when perched on your chimney. They chirp and flutter constantly, driving sane folks nuts and crazy folks bananas.
Their droppings accumulate in a huge vulgar mass on the smoke shelf causing a bad smell, and is a breeding ground for mites, and bacteria.
A squirrel can wreck a house faster than a dozen two-year-olds. Once they get inside the chimney the only way out for them is through the damper.
Racoons love to raise their young in the nice dark and warm smoke shelf, just a couple of feet from your living room.
Caps Inhibit Backpuffing
Backpuffing (fireplace smoke coming back into the house) can result from several factors. One of them is downdrafts.
Caps Keep Out Leaves
Leaves can choke a flue and set off a chimney fire in a dirty flue. As you can see, there is probably no single investment that you can make for your chimney that will return so much to you. You have invested $5-10,000 in your fireplace, why not protect that investment.
Which of these Chimney Caps is best for your chimney? Ask the professional who handed you this brochure. They have the experience in you local area to help you make an informed decision.
The Two Main Reasons For the Breakdown of
Fireplaces and Chimneys are Heat and Water
A Chimney Cap takes care of the water damage, The "Heat Reflector/ Heat Shield" takes care of the heat!
A. In an unprotected fireplace, heat is absorbed into the back wall of the fireplace which causes the bricks to crack and the mortar that holds the chimney together to break down, leading to expensive repairs.
B. A fireplace with a "HEAT REFLECTOR/ SHIELD or FIREBACK" protecting it. The back wall of the fireplace is now exposed to 1/3 less heat. The heat is radiated into the room where it should be and damage to the fireplace is significantly reduced or stopped! How much additional heat? 20% to 40% increases are being reported depending on the fireplace. Whatever the increase, it's always noticeable. You'll feel the difference.
|A. Fireplace Without Fireback||B. Fireplace With Fireback|
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