As winter approaches, many of us are starting to stare longingly at our fireplaces. Who can blame us? Nothing beats a warm blaze crackling in the fireplace on a cold night.
To ensure your fireplace is functioning at maximum efficiency, it cannot be overemphasized the importance of choosing the fitting chimney cap. A good chimney cap also helps keep moisture out (which is the number one enemy of your fireplace), keep animals out, block downdrafts, prevent blocked flues, stop sparks, and keep wild critters out.
Master Caps specializes in fabricating any style of chimney cap for residential, commercial, and apartment complexes. Selecting a new chimney cap isn’t rocket science, but there are things you must know. This post guides you on factors to consider to make the right choice.
Let’s get right into it!
- Material selection
There are different kinds of materials used for chimney caps. Galvanized steel falls on the cheaper end of the spectrum. However, galvanized steel caps are less durable and need to be repaired or replaced frequently. For these reasons, they are not recommended.
On the other hand, stainless steel chimney caps are known to be very durable. They are highly resistant to corrosion and rust.
Copper chimney toppers are also an excellent choice, but they come at a hefty price tag. But the elegance and style they add will, no doubt, improve your home’s aesthetics.
- Size and Shape
Chimney caps come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. You must choose one that fits perfectly on your chimney cap. If yours uses a standard size, you can easily purchase a premade chimney cap from a reputable brand.
However, if you aren’t using a standard size, you will need to order a custom-made chimney cap. You must make use of a company with a proven track record in building customized chimney caps. Master Caps is sure to provide you with the best chimney cap you’ve ever installed.
- Size of the mesh
Aside from the size of the chimney cap itself, you also need to look out for the mesh size. A perfectly sized mesh of about ¾ inch will not allow embers to go through. If you live in a snowy area, ice may reduce the size of the mesh preventing combustible materials from going out. You also want to factor that in when selecting the ideal mesh size.
If you live in a windy area, you cannot go wrong with a heavy chimney cap. The last thing you want is for the wind to damage or rip off your chimney cap. What’s more, wild animals will find it difficult to break through a strong chimney cap.
It would be best if you also looked out for warranties when purchasing a new chimney cap. Galvanized steel caps often come with limited warranties because they are not durable. On the other hand, stainless steel and copper caps come with impressive warranties. At Master Caps, we provide lifetime warranties on our chimney caps – and even a transferable limited lifetime warranty.
- Design and Efficiency
As noted earlier, an efficient chimney cap will keep water out and prevent drafts, to mention a few. As a rule, your chimney cap lid should be at least 5 inches above the top of any flue tile to prevent drafts. Multi-flue caps are well-optimized for keeping water out.
The last thing you want is to get everything right – choose the best chimney cap – only to ruin your hard work with a subpar installation. Unless you’re an experienced chimney technician, you shouldn’t even think of installing your new chimney cap on your own. You risk improperly installing the cap, voiding the warranty, and injuring yourself in the process.
But not to worry, professional installers at Master Caps can help make the process seamless.