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Chimney Cap

Having a chimney cap is not just to keep out critters and birds. A chimney cap should prevent moisture from entering the chimney flue to stop deterioration of the flue and even the exterior of the chimney.

Chimney caps that just fit on the flue are better than no chimney cap at all install on the chimney. A chimney flue cap only covers the flue opening at the top to stop birds and squirrels from entering the chimney, but not raccoons or rain.

Lets talk about rain. Putting a flue cover on your chimney does keep out the small critters and birds but does not stop the money factor. Whats the money factor?

Your local chimney sweep took care of your minor situation but did not solve the money factor for your chimney. Stop the chimney from causing you to spend more money on it!

Rain causes deterioration of mortar joints, rusts dampers and the lintle, and eats away at the mortar crown (top of the chimney), and loosens the exterior brick work of the chimney. If you purchase a flue cap installed by your local chimney sweep it will cost around $200 – $300 (it could be more depending on your local chimney sweep).

The flue cap did not stop the rain from entering the chimney, did not stop the damper or lintle from rusting, did nothing for the mortar crown or the exterior brick work deterioration.

The problem is not the homeowner, its the chimney sweep, the roofer, or the contractor only giving the homeowner the option of a flue cap. Why? Thats what the have n their truck, or they don’t have the supplier of a good chimney cap fabricator. Here we are!

Lets go back to the money factor. As a Certified Chimney Professional in Dallas, Texas and also have a field office servicing Houston, Texas we repair hundreds of chimneys mortar crowns and loose bricks that have a flue cap on it for average cost of an additional $500 ($300 mortar crown & $200 minor brick repair). Often we have to do a full chase tear down and rebuild the chimney only because they only had a flue cap.

Flue caps do not prevent relining the flue. Relining is costly ($1500 – $3000 average). Relining is done to a chimney flue because too much rain enters the flue and cracks start seperation of the flue creating a serious fire hazard. Full coverage chimney caps do prevent too much rain from entering the chimney stopping these costly repairs.

Full coverage chimney caps solve all the chimney deterioration issues. What does a full coverage chimney cap do for your chimney? Here is a full coverage chimney cap design.

Full Coverage Chimney cap

A MasterCaps chimney cap has too many advantages over a flue cap not to install on your chimney. Stop the money factor and the future deterioration.

MasterCaps is property of  Masters Services Inc. We install chimney caps in DFW, Houston, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa.

Copper Chimney Caps

Custom copper made decorative chimney caps and shrouds. Best prices and fast turn around time shipped directly to your shop or residence.

Master Caps fabricates chimney caps for chimney sweeps, roofers, homeowners, and contractors in all 50 states and Canada.

Here is a Copper Chimney Cap #2 with arched windows. The arched windows is not an option as a choice on Master caps but is available upon request for an additional $200 depending on the size.

Custom Copper Chimney Cap

Below is the above cap as pictured installed…

Copper Chimney shrouds


Our Hayes Chimney Cap is a custom copper chimney cap that gives your roof line an elegant appearance.

Copper Chimney Shroud Hayes

Here is an odd Bell Hayes Copper Chimney Cap. THe customer asked it to Bell (lid is made bigger than the base) more than standard 3″s. So the cap is flared more than recomended. Here at Master Caps it can be done, and be done within code, we will fabricate to your specifications. If it doen’t fall into code or is too odd of a request we can modify to get close the same look.

Custom Copper Chimney Cap Installed

If you notices there are two chimney pipes sticking up into the lid. We did a chimney chase cover as the base instead of the crown base. Often we will install the Hayes or #2 with the crown base on top of the chimney chase cover. This makes a much easier installation to just be able to install over a chimney chase pan.

We have our new not on the website #1 Plus Copper Chimney Cap. Here it is…

Copper Chimney Cap #1 Plus

The #1PLus Copper Chimney Cap is a #1 with standing seam lid and additional outside mounted legs. Recommended on high wind chimney tops but is another available look from Master Caps for any masonry chimney cap. The cap is not available for prefabricated fireplaces with chimney metal flues (pipe).

Question: What is the difference between a chimney cap and a chimney shroud?

Answer: Chimney caps are made for masonry chimneys with a masonry type flue. Chimney caps help protect the mortar crown and have screening for spark arresting. Chimney caps keep out rain, birds, and critters from invading the flue. Chimney shrouds are made for prefabricated fireplaces with prefabricated flue pipe that is UL Listed with that firebox. Chimney Shrouds are not generally made to keep out birds. Chimney Shrouds function to keep rain and sun off the spark arrestors (round chimney cap the terminates the flue pipe). Chimney shrouds upgrade the look of the chimney and roofline, at least Master Caps chimney shrouds do.

For more copper chimney caps and chimney shroud options or to order go to our order form page.