If you own a chimney, you know how important it is to have your chimney inspected and cleaned on an annual basis. Not only does this make your fireplace run more efficiently, it is also important to make sure that there isn’t too thick of a creosote build-up. Creosote is not only extremely flammable, but if it stays in your chimney during the damp spring days, it can cause an odor that can permeate into your home. But there’s one more important component to your chimney that your fireplace and chimney specialists will be looking at, and that’s your chimney cap. Your chimney cap may be in a state of disrepair, or, believe it or not, some chimneys don’t even have a cap. This is one important piece of your chimney and fireplace system that you don’t want to overlook.
Importance of a Chimney Cap
There are a couple reasons that having a chimney cap is important for the safety of your home. A chimney cap not only stops things from flying out of your chimney, it also stops things from flying into your chimney. When your chimney is left wide open, it’s easy for sparks from your fire to escape out and onto your roof or yard. And this can cause a roof fire or even a yard fire. The reverse is also true. When leaves, paper, twigs, or other debris fly into your chimney, they can end up causing a blockage that can also catch sparks from the fire. Not only this, but birds and other critters can fly into your chimney and set up nests. These nests stay in your chimney long after the animals are gone, and the dried nests are natural fire starting material.
Do I Need A Chimney Cap?
If you still need to be convinced of the importance of chimney caps, maybe the words of the Chimney Safety Institute of America will convince you. In their words, chimney caps are “probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney.” The National Fire Protection Association explains the many different types of chimney caps there are to choose from, from standard to draft increasing to draft master caps. Owens Chimney Systems has many styles and sizes of copper and stainless steel protective chimney covers to choose from, and they have experience and expertise to offer when it comes to recommending and installing these chimney caps.
Custom Made Chimney Caps
But not only does Owens Chimney Systems offer a wide variety to choose from, we actually manufacture our very own chimney caps so that you can know your chimney will have the exact chimney cap that will offer the best protection possible. These custom built caps will provide the most protection from outside elements like rain, wind, sleet, and snow that could get in and wear down the interior of your chimney. We offer multiple lid choices so that you can pick the style that best matches the architecture of your home, adding beauty and grace to the roofline.
Give Owens Chimney Systems a call today to find out more about our custom built chimney caps.