Prevent Water Problems & Animal Issues With A High-Quality, Professionally Installed Chimney Cap
One of our biggest tasks here at Top Hat Chimney & Roofing, Inc. is keeping chimneys clean and free of furry, feathered critters and damaging moisture. We know how costly water and animal damage can be, and we strive to save our neighbors in Fayetteville and the neighboring communities frustration and money by installing high-quality, protective chimney caps.
Chimney caps are arguably the most important protective products out there, and we’re proud to sell and install the very best from brands like Bernard Dalsin Mfg., HY-C, and Gelco. But what exactly is a chimney cap?
A chimney cap is simply a metal covering that’s fitted to the top of the chimney to shield the flue against water, weather, downdrafts, and animals. There are single-flue caps and multi-flue caps, so no matter how big or small your chimney or how many flues you have in a single chimney, there’s a cap for the job.
Caps also come in a variety of designs, sizes, and styles, so you have plenty of options to choose from — you’re bound to find just the right look to enhance and protect your home. And if you don’t, we can custom-craft a cap that fits perfectly, meets your needs, and has the look you’re after.
Dealing with a particular issue, like poor draft or frequent animal intruders? We have caps designed for each specific problem. But no matter which cap you choose, you can be confident it will accomplish the following:
- Keep squirrels, raccoons, birds, and other curious critters out.
- Keep rain, snow, and sleet out.
- Keep debris (like leaves and twigs) out.
- Keep stray sparks from leaving the chimney and causing a fire on your roof or in nearby trees.
How Do You Know If You Need A New Chimney Cap?
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend that all homeowners have their chimneys inspected by a CSIA-certified chimney professional annually. During an inspection, we’ll look at every readily accessible portion of the chimney and fireplace, and let you know if anything is damaged, missing, or in need of repair — like a chimney cap.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for your next inspection — you can start investigating now. Some signs it’s time to have a new chimney cap installed are listed below:
- You can see your flue sticking up out of your chimney and it doesn’t have a covering over top.
- You see rust stains and streaks on your chimney cap or running down the sides of your chimney.
- You hear dripping water in your chimney during a storm.
- You hear or suspect animals in your chimney.
- You can see rust or pooling water in your fireplace.
- Pieces of flue tiles have fallen down into your firebox.
If you’ve identified any of the above, call our team of professionals so we can provide you with an effective plan of action and a long-lasting solution.
Is A Stainless Steel Or Copper Chimney Cap Really Better?
Many homeowners see the price difference between an aluminum cap and a stainless steel or copper cap and wonder, does it much matter what the chimney cap is made of? The answer is yes. Stainless steel and copper caps will resist corrosion and rust, providing your chimney with protection, year after year. Aluminum caps, on the other hand, won’t last as long, and could leave you with a leaky, rust-stained chimney.
If you want leak protection that lasts, invest in a stainless steel or copper cap. While they are more expensive than galvanized metal or aluminum, you get what you pay for. With the damage that moisture and animals can rapidly cause once inside of your chimney, investing in a chimney cap that will keep both out for the long haul is a wise financial decision.
So which is best — stainless steel or copper? It depends on your aesthetic. For a clean cap that looks the same, year after year, stainless steel is a great option. If you love the patina that copper develops over time, a copper cap is a better choice.
We Also Sell & Install Damper Caps — The Answer To Energy & Money Waste
Want long-lasting, water-tight protection that will save you money on utilities and prevent cold air from coming down into your home through the chimney? Ask us about Lock-Top and Lyemance dampers. These top-mounted dampers can be easily opened when you’re ready to light a fire in your fireplace, but when they’re closed, they seal out air and moisture at the very top of the flue, and prevent heated air in the home from exiting through the chimney. Saving energy and money while enjoying a more comfortable, better-protected home is easy with a top-sealing damper cap.
Is it time you invested in a copper or stainless steel chimney cap or a top-sealing damper cap? Whether you have a masonry chimney or a prefab/factory-built chimney, a chimney cap is a must. Let Top Hat Chimney & Roofing, Inc. help. Call us at 479-751-0432 or reach out to us through our online scheduling form and we’ll have your new chimney cap or top-mounted damper installed quickly and professionally — perfect fit, guaranteed. Don’t leave the condition of your chimney to chance — get guaranteed protection that lasts.
When it comes to chimney leak repair and prevention, we’ll track down the source of your problem. It may be that your flashing needs to be repaired or replaced and we’ll take care of it for results you can count on.