You may wonder why you need a chimney cap, but in order to work efficiently and safely, your chimney needs several important components, including a high-quality chimney cap. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a chimney cap is the most economical way to prevent water penetration of your masonry chimney. This essential chimney component helps in other ways as well. Aelite Chimney Specialties offers chimney cap sales and professional installation services to the Chicago area, and we would like to tell you more about the functions of a chimney cap.
Prevents water leaks
Sitting at the top of your chimney, the chimney cap covers the opening to keep water from rain and snow from getting into your home through the flue. This water will run off the cap away from the chimney and roof to help you avoid water damage that can be extensive and expensive.
Keeps wild animals out
Many types of chimney caps come equipped with mesh metal sides that serve to stop birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals from getting inside your chimney. These wild animals can confuse chimneys with hollow trees and choose one to make a nest for the winter. This can lead to damage, insect infestation, and possibly even the animal becoming trapped and dying inside your chimney. You need a good chimney cap to prevent these critters from entering.
Avoids accidental fires
The mesh metal sides that keep out birds and animals can also help prevent accidental fires. Also known as spark arrestors, the meshing stops hot sparks and embers from jumping out of the top of the chimney to land on your roof or your yard.
Improves the draft in your chimney
You can find certain types of chimney caps that have special vents that direct the wind to pull smoke, gases, and the other byproducts of combustion out of your chimney as the draft is supposed to do. If you are having trouble lighting a fire or having smoke fill the room when you do light a fire, this type of chimney cap can be very helpful.
Aelite Chimney Specialties carries a wide variety of chimney caps in various shapes and sizes. Whether you prefer copper, stainless steel, or another metal, we can help you find the perfect cap for your chimney. Contact us to find out more about which type of chimney cap will work best for your home.