5 Ways a Chimney Cap Protects Your Chimney (And Your Home)
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Your home’s chimney is a huge part of its aesthetic value as well as its functionality. Keeping your chimney working great and providing your home with excellent benefits means having it cleaned and maintained regularly. One of the best ways to protect your chimney is to have a chimney cap installed.
Chimney caps are a great way to keep your chimney in great condition and prevent a lot of damage to your home. The Fayetteville & Bentonville roofing contractors at Brown Boys Roofing always recommend that caps are installed on chimneys, and we provide high quality installations.
If you don’t have a chimney cap installed on your chimney, here are five ways having one installed can benefit your home:
Reduces Moisture Damage
Chimney caps help to prevent rainwater from getting into your chimney and down into your home. Rainwater can cause serious damage to chimneys with stainless steel liners, chimney dampers, and chimney mortar joints. Moisture intrusion will also lead to mold and mildew growth.
Keeps Out Chimney Swifts and Other Animals
Chimney swifts, squirrels, and raccoons can all get into your chimney, and in many cases, they won’t be able to exit. Professionally installed chimney caps can prevent an animal from getting trapped in your home’s chimney.
Downdrafts can occur when the wind is blowing in a certain way. If you don’t have a chimney cap installed and you’re using a wood-burning fireplace when a downdraft occurs, it can blow smoke back into your home, which is potentially dangerous. Our Fayetteville & Bentonville chimney experts can help ensure that you don’t experience downdrafts by installing a chimney cap.
Stops Sparks and Embers from Starting Roof Fires
Some people refer to chimney caps as spark arrestors, which basically means that the chimney cap helps prevent lit embers or sparks that travel up the chimney from landing on roof, possibly catching it on fire.
Prevents Debris Build-Up
Leaves, branches, and twigs, as well as other debris, can enter a chimney and build up if chimney caps aren’t in place on your Fayetteville & Bentonville home. Our professionals will make sure that your chimney cap can prevent this build-up and keep your home in great shape.