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Enhance your home’s aesthetics and protect your chimney with a high-quality chimney cap.

Chimney caps play a vital role in preserving the integrity of your chimney and fireplace by effectively keeping moisture at bay. The presence of water within the chimney can trigger a host of problems, including corrosion of metal parts, decay of masonry, and the proliferation of mold and mildew. By installing a chimney cap, you can shield your chimney from expensive repairs and prolong its lifespan.

What is a Chimney Cap?

A chimney cap is a protective enclosure affixed to the uppermost part of your chimney. It serves multiple functions, making it an invaluable addition to your chimney system. Above all, a chimney cap acts as a barrier, preventing undesirable elements from infiltrating your chimney. It serves as a deterrent for rainwater, snow, debris, and even small creatures, ensuring that your chimney remains unobstructed and clean.

How caps work and their importance

The role and importance of chimney caps cannot be overstated. These essential structures offer a range of valuable benefits. Primarily, chimney caps act as a formidable defense against inclement weather, effectively keeping rainwater, snow, and hail out of the chimney.

By providing this protection, chimney caps help prevent water damage, the corrosion of metal components, and the deterioration of masonry. Additionally, caps serve as a robust barrier against debris, such as leaves, twigs, and branches, which would otherwise find their way into an uncovered chimney and potentially cause blockages.

Furthermore, chimney caps play a crucial role in keeping wildlife and nesting materials at bay. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other animals are prone to seek refuge in unprotected chimneys, which can result in blockages and potential damage. Some caps even incorporate a spark arrestor mesh, offering an extra layer of safety by preventing sparks and embers from escaping and inadvertently causing fires.

What is a damper?

A damper refers to a mechanism positioned within the chimney flue or situated at the chimney’s apex, serving to manage the flow of air and control the release of heat and smoke. Constructed primarily from metal, this device can be adjusted to either open or close, thereby granting or limiting the passage of air and gases.

 

Throat Dampers

These are traditional dampers located at the top of the firebox, just above the throat of the fireplace. They are controlled by a lever or chain and can be opened or closed manually.

Top-Sealing Dampers

These dampers are installed at the top of the chimney and are designed to seal off the entire chimney opening. They provide a better seal than throat dampers and help to prevent drafts and energy loss when the fireplace is not in use. Some top-sealing dampers also serve as chimney caps.

Lock-Top Dampers:

Lock-Top dampers are a type of top-sealing damper that combines the functionality of a damper and a chimney cap. They feature a spring-loaded mechanism that ensures a tight seal when closed, preventing drafts, rain, and pests from entering the chimney.

Energy-Saving Dampers

These dampers are designed to improve energy efficiency by reducing heat loss when the fireplace is not in use. They have a tight seal and insulation properties to minimize drafts and keep cold air from entering the home.

Chimney Balloon Dampers

Chimney balloon dampers are inflatable devices inserted into the chimney flue to create a temporary seal. They are typically made of a durable material that can withstand the heat of a fire. Chimney balloon dampers are a cost-effective option for improving energy efficiency in unused chimneys.

Different Types of Chimney Caps

Diverse options in chimney caps cater to different requirements and preferences. Among the popular choices is the Lock-Top damper, which cleverly combines the functionalities of a chimney cap and a damper. When closed, it forms a secure seal, effectively preventing drafts and energy loss when the fireplace is inactive. Another widely-used type is the basic chimney cap, typically crafted from metal and equipped with a mesh screen to keep debris and animals at bay.

For enhanced safety, spark arrestor caps are designed with an integrated spark arrestor mechanism, effectively preventing sparks and embers from escaping and igniting fires. If aesthetics are your priority, decorative chimney caps offer an array of designs to add a visually appealing touch to your chimney. Furthermore, specialty caps such as top-sealing dampers, multi-flue caps, and animal-proof caps cater to specific requirements, providing tailored solutions for varied needs.

Basic Chimney Cap

This type of cap is a simple metal cover with a mesh screen. It serves as a barrier against debris, leaves, and animals, while allowing proper ventilation.

Spark Arrestor Cap

These caps include a spark arrestor mesh, which prevents sparks and embers from escaping the chimney and potentially causing fires. They offer added safety and are often required by building codes.

Decorative Chimney Cap

Designed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your chimney, decorative caps come in various designs and finishes. They add an elegant touch to your home’s exterior while still offering protection.

Multi-Flue Cap

As the name suggests, these caps are designed to cover chimneys with multiple flues. They provide protection for multiple chimney openings and help maintain a uniform appearance.

Top-Sealing Damper Cap

Similar to the Lock-Top damper, this type of cap includes a built-in damper that seals off the chimney from the top. It helps prevent drafts, energy loss, and unwanted outdoor elements from entering the chimney.

Custom Caps

For unique chimney structures or specific requirements, custom caps can be fabricated to ensure a perfect fit and optimal functionality.

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Testimonials

Couldn’t of ask for a better service from my first call to the completion of my chimney being cleaned. Highly recommended

Melvin Tonkin

Austin and Chris were very professional provided great service. Austin was very informative, and both left the chimney and fireplace in much better condition, and the house looking like they had never been there in the first place. Will definitely be calling them back for my next cleaning.

Chad Martel

I love these guys. I have been calling around just asking for the earliest date possible for an inspection on a chimney that has a closing date in 30 days. Everyone was booked at least 2 months out. With these guys, they were able to squeeze me in the next day! I couldn’t be more impressed. When going over the inspection, they were clear and thorough with everything that we asked them. I would recommend these guys to anyone. The two gentlemen who came out to the house were also very pleasant. Thank you guys again!

Sara Jeffers

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