Count on Us to Properly Install a Reliable Chimney Cap for Your Flue

All chimney components are important, but chimney caps are known for tackling multiple jobs all on their own. Because of this, it’s really important to ensure yours is properly fitted, in good condition, and doing everything it’s supposed to in order to keep your chimney protected.

If you live in St. Louis, University City, Clayton, Des Peres, Olivette, or somewhere else in the surrounding area, ask us to set you up with a reliable cap as soon as possible. This is a worthwhile and necessary investment for any fireplace owner!

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English Sweep Chimney – Chimney Caps

Why Should I Invest in a Quality Chimney Cap?

Chimney caps cover the top of your flue to help keep anything potentially hazardous from entering your system. They consist of a mesh ring that is topped with a sturdy metal covering, and both of these components work together to serve a number of functions.

What are these functions?

Chimney caps are known for the following:

  • Preventing water, ice, snow, and other types of moisture from entering the chimney and causing damage to the liner
  • Stopping animals from entering, setting up nests, and having babies inside
  • Keeping leaves, twigs, nesting materials, and other outside debris from clogging up the flue
  • Blocking downdrafts from swooping through the chimney and entering your home
  • Serving as spark arrestors, ensuring no stray sparks land on your roofing materials or nearby greenery

Like we said… chimney caps do a lot, which is why you need yours to stay in tip-top shape.

Answering Your Chimney Cap Questions

Have questions about your chimney cap? Our knowledgeable Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified sweeps have answers for you. Here are some of the more common questions we hear.

If your question isn’t here, be sure to reach out – we’d be happy to help.

Do all chimneys need to have a chimney cap?

We strongly urge all people with a chimney to have a chimney cap installed. Chimneys without them, especially here in St. Louis where we face all types of weather throughout the year, tend to experience a wide range of problems. Caps are affordable and don’t take long to install, so it’ll be well worth the time and cost to avoid more expensive restoration work down the line.

Is a chase cover the same as a cap?

This is a common question people ask. The answer is no. A chase cover basically serves as a crown for prefabricated chimneys, which means it covers the chimney stack. A cap, on the other hand, covers the flue.

While both chase covers and chimney caps help prevent water from entering the chimney and assist in keeping out debris and animals, a chimney with a chase cover will still need a cap as well.

What materials are chimney caps made from?

Caps are typically made from either galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, or copper. Prices will vary, as will durability and typical lifespan, but we’d be happy to go over your options with you to find the best fit for your home and budget.

Can I install my own chimney cap?

When it comes to chimneys, we never encourage our customers to tackle their own installation work. Not only are rooftops hard to navigate without training and proper safety precautions, but one minor mistake can wind up costing you a lot of time and money in repair costs down the line.

Instead, trust in one of our experienced crew members to get the job done for you. We employ the most CSIA-certified sweeps in the area, and we’re home to the only CSIA Master Chimney Sweep in the state. If you’re looking for a crew of sweeps that knows their stuff, we’re it!

Get a Chimney Cap You Know Will Keep Water Out – Call English Sweep, Inc.

Want to make sure your chimney is fitted with a quality cap that will keep water out? You can simply give us a call at 636-225-3340 to request your appointment, and if you’d like to move forward after that, we’d be happy to help. It’s that easy.

Call or request an appointment online today.


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