Chimney Caps & Covers

A quick and inexpensive way to protect your chimney is by installing a chimney cap. It is like installing screens on your windows!

Chimney Caps & Covers

A quick and inexpensive way to protect your chimney is by installing a chimney cap. It is like installing screens on your windows!

A chimney cap allows smoke to vent while preventing the escape of sparks or embers that could start a fire on your roof or nearby greenery. Plus, a chimney cap helps keep rain, debris and curious critters from entering your chimney. Most chimney caps are made of copper or stainless steel. The cap should be sized to fit securely over the opening of your chimney. 

Keep stuff in.

Airborne embers and sparks rising up through your chimney can pose a threat if they are allowed to exit. All it takes is a single well-placed ember landing on your roof, or floating onto dry leaves or brush to start a fire that could quickly spread. A quality chimney cap includes a spark guard to prevent the escape of these potentially dangerous materials. 

Keep stuff out.

Water is the enemy of your chimney. Moisture can seep into cracks, separate mortar, and damage your chimney liner. And don’t even get us started about inquisitive critters! Raccoons, birds, mice, and chipmunks are great to see in theme parks or animated cartoons, but you don’t want them taking up residence in your chimney. A properly sized and secured chimney cap can help prevent excessive moisture and excessively pesky animals from getting into your chimney.

Why a well-maintained cap or cover is important

Something as simple as a chimney cap or chase top is extremely important to the safety and lifespan of your chimney. These features offer several benefits when properly maintained:

  • Keep out rain and snow to prevent mold, wood rot, and other moisture damage
  • Keep birds and animals from nesting in your chimney
  • Spark arrestor on a chimney cap prevents sparks from leaving your chimney and landing on your roof or nearby combustible materials
  • Help reduce wind downdrafts that can cause smoke backup

The keys to success when it comes to chimney caps is a quality design, proper sizing and secure installation. You can trust Bone Dry Roofing to make sure all three are done right the first time. Call us today to discuss how a chimney cap can keep your home “bone dry” and critter-free. 

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Chase top designs & types

Stainless steel chase covers (like the one in the photo) are popular among homeowners for their low maintenance and long lifespan.

Most chase covers that come standard with pre-fabricated fireplaces are made with cheap galvanized sheet metal that rusts and will likely need replacing every 7 to 10 years. The most popular materials used to construct chimney chase tops are galvanized steel, copper, stainless steel, and aluminum.

Bone Dry Masonry recommends stainless steel chimney caps and chase covers because of their low cost and excellent durability. Stainless steel is corrosion resistant and nearly rustproof, which means stainless steel chimney caps and covers require almost no maintenance. We offer chimney covers and caps in a variety of sizes and colors and will install a chase top to match the exact specifications of your chimney chase.

Differences between a chimney cap and chimney chase cover

Chimney caps and chase covers provide similar benefits, keeping water, debris, and animals out of your chimney flue.

A chimney cap is a metal topper that covers the opening of your flue. Chimney caps also prevent burning embers from landing on your roof and other nearby flammable objects.

A chase cover generally comes standard with a pre-fabricated or factory-built fireplace. The chase cover fits over your chimney chase to seal the flue. A rusty chimney chase top can cause discoloration on your chimney.

A simple, affordable solution for protecting your chimney

Having a clean and correctly fitted chimney cap ensures that your chimney functions properly and doesn’t allow leaks.

Bone Dry Masonry can inspect the condition of your chimney cap or chase cover and install a new one if necessary. We have experience working with caps and covers of all types and sizes.

Having a chimney cap or chase cover is the most affordable preventive measure you can take to prevent water damage to your chimney. Chimney caps and chase covers can also prevent leaves, other debris, and animals from getting into your chimney flue and causing expensive damage or hazardous blockages. It’s important to have your chimney inspected annually to ensure your chimney cap or chase top is in good condition.

If you’re interested in having your chimney cap or chase cover inspected by one of our experts, call or click below to request a free estimate today!

New Chase Lid

 

 

BEFORE

This customer has an EIFS Chimney, which is an exterior insulation and finishing system. They were have issues with birds making holes in the EIFS as well as a galvanized chase lid. The birds were making their way inside the chimney causing disruption for the homeowners.

AFTER

Our Exterior division completed the repairs on the EIFS chimney holes and the masonry team was able to replace the old, rusted chase lid with a brand new stainless steel chase lid. These repairs and the Chase lid replacement prevented the birds from entering and causing further damage.

Crown Repair on Chimney

 

 

BEFORE

David gave Bone Dry a call for an estimate on his chimney. We discovered cracks all around the crown of the chimney.

AFTER

Our team tore off the old crown and noticed there were also bricks on the chimney that needed to be replaced. David gave them the go-ahead to fix the bricks, resulting in a little facelift for the chimney and a very happy customer.

Chimney Crown Repair & Rebuild

 

 

Before

Our team noticed this customer's chimney crown had deteriorated and was no longer offering protection from the elements. Bone Dry suggested the removal of the rest of the old crown, and to pour a new concrete crown.

After

Installing four new stainless steel rain caps and wrapping the flue tiles with Ice and Water Shield gave the home extra protection. The homeowner is pleased to know his chimney has the protection it needs!

Contact us today for a free estimate

Water is a chimney’s worst enemy. A damaged or deteriorated chimney chase top or chimney cap can lead to serious and expensive water damage. Contact the masonry experts at Bone Dry Masonry today to have your chimney inspected or to get a free estimate for chimney cap replacement.

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