Chimney caps, chase covers and crowns - what is the difference?Residing atop your chimney, caps, chase covers, and crowns are the best protection from rainwater coming into your chimney; however, if any of them are cracked, deteriorated, and/or damaged in any way, your chimney is open to receive water whenever it rains or snows. An essential part of your chimney, damaged crowns, caps and chase covers need to be repaired or replaced sooner rather than later.

The pros at Owens Chimney Systems can both repair and replace these damaged components, depending on their overall condition and degree of disrepair. We can customize these essential components to exactly fit the top of your chimney, sealing off its entrance to water and, thereby, preventing water leaks that could potentially lead to myriad problems.


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. Water is directed away from the center and off the sides of your chimney. Birds, other wildlife, leaves, twigs and other debris are blocked from getting to your chimney via the mesh screening on the side, thereby preventing it from becoming a giant trash can. If any of these things were to get into your chimney, they could damage the chimney 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. Choosing to purchase a chimney cap and have it installed by one of our professional chimney technicians is a decision you won’t soon regret.


Chase covers fit over the top, outermost opening of your chimney and are designed to keep precipitation, debris and animals out of your chimney. Most modern chase covers are custom made from stainless steel to fit perfectly, whereas the ones that were installed by the builder when your home was constructed of a very thin-gauge sheet metal, which may have been bent by hand onsite, which probably resulted in a poor-fitting cover from the very beginning. Having a chase cover that does what it’s supposed to do is extremely important and absolutely necessary for the longevity of your entire chimney system. Because of the job it performs a fully functional chase cover is more than an option—it’s a necessity!


Your chimney’s crown is a reinforced concrete cap placed over the top of your brick and mortar chimney that plays a vital role. A properly constructed crown sheds water and serves as a protective covering for your chimney against harsh weather. Your chimney crown is exposed to the same elements that wreak havoc on your chimney itself. As such, it can eventually crack or break and need to be replaced. The replacement will either be of the cast-in-place variety—a form is placed on the top of your chimney and filled with cement to the exact specifications required by your particular chimney—or precast—a prefabricated unit that is placed atop your chimney.

Dealing with chimney system repairs can be frustrating; your chimney and fireplace play a large role in your home. When issues arise, Owens Chimney Systems knows you want them taken care of correctly, quickly and affordably. Our expert technicians are dedicated to making your system look and feel like new again. If your system is in need of repair or you need a chimney inspection to determine the cause of a problem, contact us today. We understand that you as a customer have many choices as to whom to invite into your home, and we want to be that service company. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you.