About Chimney Caps
A Chimney Cap acts as a shelter at the top of the chimney, protecting it from the elements and from debris and animals that may otherwise find their way in. These devices not only allow for ventilation of your chimney, the vents or mesh wire can prevent debris and animals from entering your chimney. Perhaps more importantly, however, a chimney cap allows smoke and gas to escape. It is a front line of defense against birds, rodents and the like as well as keeping rain and snow from entering your home.
How Do I Know If I Need To Buy A New Chimney Cap?
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a chimney cap is the most economical way to keep water out of your chimney. Unfortunately, this component does not last forever. If your chimney cap is damaged, it cannot prevent water penetration. Additionally, it can’t perform the other important jobs it can do.
One clear sign that your chimney cap is damaged is standing water in your firebox. If the cap is cracked, water will be able to get into your chimney through the cracks. This water will land in the firebox. You may also be able to check the condition of your chimney cap by looking up at the chimney. If you see signs of rusting, you should replace your chimney cap. You should also consider replacing your chimney cap after a major storm. This is especially true if you think it may have suffered from wind damage.
Measuring Your Chimney
When measuring for a Copper Chimney Cap, measure the flue from side-to-side and the gap between flues. Then, measure the tallest flue height above the chimney crown. Measure the distance from the outermost flue to the chimney crown outside edge. Finally measure the total span of all flues, and the outermost chimney crown from end to end. If you have more than one flue, or your flue is rectangular in shape, you will probably require a rectangular chimney cap.
A copper construction is strong, long-lasting and the metal will gain a beautiful and classic patina as time passes, providing an elegant appearance. If you do not like the patina, it can easily be removed by polishing to restore a brand new appearance.
Installing a chimney cap requires precision and expertise. Antebellum Roofworks, LLC can handle any size or shape of cap you need, with precision and quality, whether it is a standard cap or a Copper Chimney Cap. Call them today at (615) 794-9111 or fill out their contact form for a job quote or to get started.