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What Is Chimney Relining?

According to the experts in the chimney industry at the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), one of the most important components of your fireplace and chimney system is the chimney liner. In fact, modern building codes require that every chimney be lined. Most chimney liners are durable enough to have a lifetime guarantee. However, this chimney part can become damaged over years of usage. In order to be up to codes, damaged liners need to be repaired or replaced. If you live in the Chicago area, Aelite Chimney Specialties provides professional chimney relining services to the residents of this community. We can also install a liner if you live in an older home that was built before building codes mandated that chimneys be lined. We would like to answer a few frequently asked questions about chimney liners. This is to help you understand their importance.

What Is Chimney Relining Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney SpecialtiesWhy are chimney liners so important?

This chimney component serves three functions that are essential for a chimney to work safely and efficiently. Your chimney needs to be lined to protect the combustible parts of your home. This is due to the extremely high temperatures that are produced whenever you use your fireplace. If your chimney is unlined or if the liner is cracked, the heat can transfer to the wooden parts that surround the chimney. Consequently, it could possibly ignite! You also need a liner to protect the bricks and mortar of the chimney from the corrosive gases of combustion. Finally, a chimney liner provides a correctly matched flue to the size of your hearth appliance. This allows the appliance to function at its highest efficiency without any drafting or other issues.

What types of chimney liners are there?

If you have a masonry chimney, you most likely have a clay tile liner. These liners work very well and are extremely durable. The downside of clay tile liners? They are expensive and time-consuming to repair. Another type is the stainless steel chimney liner. This type of liner can work with both masonry and prefab chimneys. In addition, with all fuel types of hearth appliances. Strong and long-lasting, most stainless steel liners come with lifetime guarantees. The third type of chimney liner is the cast-in-place. It can help to restore the structure of aging chimneys and are suitable for every fuel type.

What kind of chimney relining services does Aelite Chimney Specialties provide?

We are proud to sell and install Ventinox stainless steel chimney lining systems! These are used with wood-burning, gas, and pellet fireplaces. Also, with inserts and stoves in both masonry and prefab chimneys. These liners have also been tested and approved to use with oil-fired heating appliances. Durable enough to withstand both high temperatures and corrosive gases, a Ventinox chimney liner can last for a lifetime!

Is it time to reline your chimney? Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney relining services. We ensure that your chimney will work as safely and as efficiently as possible!

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Does Your Chimney Need Relining? Do It Now in the Offseason!

Summer is the perfect time to take care of any necessary chimney repairs. When you wait to have these repairs done in the fall, you may not be able to use your fireplace as soon as you would like. Taking care of any problems in the summer is the best way to know you will be able to light a fire on the first cool fall day. One of the most common chimney repairs, chimney relining is essential to keep your chimney working safely. If you cannot remember the last time your chimney was relined, it may be time to take care of it now. Aelite Chimney Specialties can inspect the condition of your liner and make relining recommendations based on the condition and fuel type of your heating appliance, the age of your home, and your budget. We would like to tell you more about the importance of chimney liners and the options we provide and recommend.

Stainless Steel Chimney Liner - Chicago IL - Aelite ChimneyWhy does my chimney need a liner?

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), chimney liners serve three important purposes to your chimney and venting system. You need a chimney liner to protect the combustible parts of your home from the extremely high temperatures that are produced when a fire is burning. Liners also protect the bricks and mortar joints from the corrosive and toxic combustion gases. You also need a chimney liner to provide a correctly sized flue for your heating appliance. The majority of new fireplace inserts are much smaller than masonry fireplace openings, so the flue will be too large for the heating appliance. This can cause condensation and chimney draft issues.

What kinds of liners does Aelite Chimney Specialties carry?

Chimney liners come in three types: clay tile, metal, and cast-in-place. While we can work with all types of liners, we recommend the Ventinox lining systems. We are proud to carry these stainless steel liners that are tested and listed for every fuel type. No matter if you have a wood, gas, or oil-fired heating appliance, a Ventinox liner can withstand extremely hot temperatures and will last you a lifetime.

Have your chimney relined during the offseason. Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to schedule an appointment for an inspection of your chimney liner today.

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For Safe and Optimal Fires, Have Your Chimney Relined

An essential part of your chimney system, the liner serves important functions to make your fireplace and chimney work as safe as it possibly can. If your chimney liner is aging or if you do not even have a liner in your chimney at all, Aelite Chimney Specialties can professionally install a top quality liner to give you safe and optimal fires in your fireplace. An unlined chimney is very dangerous. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has even reported that researchers at the National Bureau of Standards said that building a chimney without lining it is a “little less than criminal.” We would like to tell you more about chimney liners by answering a couple of questions for you.

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Why are chimney liners so important for optimal and safe fires?

Chimney liners are crucial to the functioning of a chimney for three reasons:

  1. to protect your home from the high temperatures that occur within a chimney when a fire is burning in the fireplace
  2. to protect the bricks and mortar of your chimney from the damaging and corrosive byproducts of combustion like smoke, toxic gases, and tar fog
  3. to give a properly sized flue to the heating appliance your chimney is serving to allow the appliance to work most efficiently and effective.

How can Aelite Chimney Specialties help me with relining my chimney?

If you do have an existing chimney liner, the only way to know its condition is to have a professional chimney inspection. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps have been trained in the different levels of chimney inspections that were established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are experienced in examining chimney liners as part of the inspection process.

If we find damage or deterioration to your chimney liner such as cracks or gaps that can cause using your fireplace and chimney to be unsafe and hazardous, we can reline your chimney with a durable stainless steel liner. We sell and install Ventinox liners which are constructed from a strong stainless steel that can stand up to extremely hot temperatures from solid fuel sources like wood and resist corrosion from oil and gas. No matter what type of heating appliance you have or what type of fuel it uses, a Ventinox liner is perfect for your chimney. These liners are equipped with spiral corrugations that allow them to be both strong and flexible. The stainless steel alloy of Ventinox liners is extremely resistant to chloride pitting and stress corrosion and cracking. Aelite Chimney Specialties feels that all of these qualities make this brand of chimney liners the best of its kind. We are proud to be able to install these liners to make chimneys perform safely and efficiently.

If you are unsure of the condition of your chimney liner, contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties. We can inspect its condition and recommend the best solution for the efficiency and safety of your fireplace and chimney.

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When to Reline Your Chimney

Watch out for the signs that tell you your chimney needs to be relined. Have it inspected by a certified chimney technician.

Watch out for the signs that tell you your chimney needs to be relined. Have it inspected by a certified chimney technician.

Because much of the chimney flue is hidden from sight, it’s not always easy for a homeowner to determine on his/her own whether or not it’s necessary to replace its liner, which is essentially the inner face of the chimney. A chimney liner is designed to protect your chimney from fire and to keep the wrong things out (moisture, which can seep through brick and mortar) and the right things in (toxic gases, which need to be funneled immediately out of your home instead of leaking through your masonry or back into your living space).

While only a certified chimney professional will be able to inspect your chimney liner for wear and tear severe enough to necessitate a complete replacement, there are some ways (listed below) that you can tell that your liner needs attention. Keep in mind that there may be ways to repair your existing liner rather than relining it entirely. An Aelite Chimney professional will conduct a thorough video inspection of your chimney before determining what is the most effective and cost efficient option for you.

Signs Your Chimney May Need to Be Relined

  • If you’ve noticed drafting problems—for instance, smoke “backpuffing” into your home. If you suspect that your chimney flue is not properly sized, a new liner may be able to completely resize your flue so that drafting problems are a thing of the past.
  • If you’ve had a chimney fire, catastrophic event, or just acquired a property. Major events around the home (fires, tornados, wind damage, earthquakes, falling trees or branches, etc.) should be followed by a chimney inspection. Likewise, if you’ve just purchased a new home it’s recommended to have the chimney inspected immediately to check the condition of the liner.
  • If you’ve noticed signs of water damage in or around your chimney. In time water damage just gets worse, and it’s capable of doing significant damage to your chimney and the areas of your home surrounding it. If you see rusty chimney components, smell mildew, hear dripping, or see evidence of leaks in or around your chimney, it’s important to have your chimney looked at.

And of course if your chimney is old and has never been lined you will need to have it lined in order to create an optimally sized flu and to bring your chimney up to code so that it’s able to safely contain the byproducts of the fires you burn. In Illinois, where we burn fires much of the year because of our colder climate, it is especially important to keep your fireplace and/or stove and chimney in top working order.

Aelite Chimney carries Ventinox lining systems, which are made of stainless steel, compatible with a variety of wood, gas, or oil-fired equipment, and able to withstand corrosive materials and high heat.

Read more about Aelite Chimney’s relining services here.

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