If your home has a fireplace and chimney, you may want to consider installing a chimney cap. With a small investment of time and money, you can save thousands by preventing damage to both your chimney and roof.
Protect Your Home
Chimney covers protect your fireplace flue from rain, animals and debris. They can also protect your roof and reduce fire risk by trapping sparks and embers. Finally, they help block downdrafts. This prevents smoke and fumes from blowing into your house on windy days.
Which Type Is Right for Me?
Fireplace caps come in many shapes and materials. The most common are metal, which are available in aluminum, copper and stainless steel. There are also decorative models such as copper caps, which are more costly but require less maintenance. If your chimney has multiple flues, choose between a set of small caps or one large multi-flue cover for a cleaner look. Browse popular brands like Forever Cap before making your choice.
Besides being budget-friendly, chimney caps are easy to install. The hardest part is usually getting onto your roof safely. Chimney sweeps can do the job quickly if you’d prefer not to scale your roof. If you choose to DIY this project, be sure to measure your flue carefully to ensure that you order the right size cap. As long as you have the correct size and style, you will simply slip the cap into your chimney crown and attach using either bolts or adhesive.