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Does your fireplace look like it’s still living in the 1960’s? Do you have smoke stains above your fireplace opening? Does your fireplace have a cold breeze coming from it? Do you cringe every time you look at your fireplace?
Your fireplace should bring enjoyment and be the highlight of the room, but unfortunately, an old, drafty, and outdated fireplace can be more of an inefficient eyesore than anything else. Sound all too familiar? Let Grand Designs Masonry, Chimney, and Fireplace Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians and fireplace experts change that with a fireplace makeover.
It’s time to start enjoying your fireplace.
Chimney caps and Chase covers:
If you take a drive around, you’ll likely see loads of chimneys without caps, but here at Grand Designs Masonry, Chimney, and Fireplace, we firmly believe that every chimney should have a cap on it. Why?
Chimney caps are important for a variety of reasons:
#1 Caps keep out water.
Water is no friend of your chimney, but without a cap, there’s nothing to prevent snow, ice, and rain from getting down into your chimney flue and causing damage. A properly fitted cap will work to protect this area and can also provide protection against snow and ice pileup on your chimney’s crown, another area vulnerable to water damage and leaks.
#3 Caps keep out leaves, pine needles, and other flammable debris.
Flue blockages can cause smoke problems and chimney fires, especially if the blockage is caused by flammable leaves and pine needles from nearby trees. A cap will work to keep debris out, so you don’t have to worry.
#2 Caps keep out animals and birds.
It may not make much sense to you, but birds and animals often enter chimneys in search of warmth and shelter. Birds and raccoons may even make their nests inside of chimneys during the summer months, while squirrels and chipmunks may head in to escape the bitter cold of winter. Not only can this be bothersome to you and your family, but it can also be dangerous for the animals, as baby animals and birds can get stuck in the chimney or fall down into the fireplace and die. Additionally, flammable nesting materials are not what you want in your flue when you go to light the first fire of the season. But if your chimney’s uncapped, there’s nothing stopping birds and animals from making your flue their next home.
#4 Caps prevent sparks from leaving the chimney and causing fires.
Chimney caps are often referred to as “spark arrestors” because many include wire mesh guards, which prevent hot ash and floating embers from exiting the chimney and potentially causing a fire on your roof or in nearby trees or shrubs. Without a cap, those sparks and hot ash can easily get loose and run wild.
So what’s the verdict? You need a chimney cap!
If you are building new, adding an addition, or wanting a fireplace on your porch or in your finished basement, we can install it for you.
If we need to work with a blank wall in your current house or wherever you need your fireplace to go, let our professional team install this for you today.
We have the experience installing many types of fireplaces, including, gas, wood, and electric fireplaces.