You might take a home’s chimney for granted because it is located on a rooftop where it is difficult to see, but the structure is actually important. A custom chimney cap can offer individualized beauty in addition to providing a vital function. A cowl on a chimney stack is the most visible part of the structure to provide benefits such as:
- Preventing birds from entering a chimney to build nests
- Preventing beehives or wasp’s nests inside a chimney
- Preventing rodents or reptiles from entering a structure
- Preventing snow, ice and rain from entering a chimney
There are many designs of chimneys with manufacturers visiting a home or business to take measurements to build a custom chimney cap that is the perfect size.
A Chimney Cowl Prevents Dangers from Smoke
No matter whether a structure is a newer or older building, it can benefit from a custom chimney cap instead of a prefabricated model. The dimensions of a newer building’s chimney are unique because a structure settles with time. Failure to install a properly sized cowl on a chimney can lead to problems such as excessive smoke in the firebox or chimney shaft. You do not want smoke from a fireplace to enter the rooms of a building because it can contain dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide.
Cowls Can also Make a Building More Attractive
The technicians who measure to make a custom chimney cap understand the importance of a design that helps to pull smoke upward to the exterior of a building. At the same time, the cowl must permit air to enter to help ignite a fire in a fireplace and keep it burning. There are important things to consider when a company is designing a chimney cowl, including the most common weather conditions in the area and the foliage surrounding the building. In addition to ordering a custom chimney cap that prevents sparks and dangerous smoke, you also want an attractive design.
Hire a Knowledgeable Technician to Make a Chimney Cowl
Most cowls are made of galvanized steel because it is a durable material that is readily available and easy to paint. However, cowls are also made of aluminum, copper and stainless steel. It is possible for technicians to create a custom chimney cap that covers multiple shafts at one time. There are several cowl designs to choose from, including:
- Wind directional
Master Caps is a division of Masters Services Inc., with locations in Texas and Oklahoma. As a family owned and operated business, Master Caps offers friendly service from background screened technicians who are highly trained in the design and installation of cowls for chimneys.