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Certified Chimney Relining

Chimney liners serve a hugely valuable role in your chimney’s ability to function at its best. They can cover up dangerous cracks and gaps in your flue, protecting your family from the dangerous gases that result from combustion. They buffer nearby materials from heat, minimizing the possibility of fire, and protect the chimney’s masonry from the brunt of combustion’s effects, including gases that could, over time, damage mortar joints.

Imagine your home’s walls without insulation — there might be something between you and the elements, but it wouldn’t be very effective at keeping what you don’t want out, and what you do want in. That’s how ineffective your chimney can be without a proper and functioning liner. And your chimney liner isn’t just a barrier – it’s protecting your home and its inhabitants from toxic gases and combustible byproducts.

There are a number of reasons why your chimney may need relining. Some historic homes have chimneys that were built without a liner — a dangerous circumstance that should be corrected as soon as possible. Clay tile liners, while cost-efficient and common in older homes and chimneys, are prone to cracks and splitting, which could lead to the need for a new lining. Adding a new appliance may also bring a need for a resized flue to reach maximum efficiency, and a new lining can provide that.

A CSIA-certified A-1 Chimney Specialist technician can help you figure out whether chimney relining is right for your home, and if so, what material and approach is the best option for your needs and circumstances.

Chimney Liner Options Vary

Quality chimney liners are generally made of clay tile, stainless steel or cast-in-place masonry. Each can be effective, and each has its strengths.

  • Clay Tile Chimney Liners – Clay tile tends to be the most cost-effective liner material, so you’ll see it in many chimneys, including lots of older homes. When annually swept and inspected, clay tile can be a good and effective product. But clay tile does need to be properly maintained, or the tiles can split and crack, inhibiting the lining’s ability to do its job. Newer gas appliances aren’t as compatible with clay tile liners either. These aren’t right for every chimney, and damaged clay tiles lead to one of the more common relining circumstances.
  • Stainless Steel Chimney Liners – Pre-fabricated stainless steel liners are great options for relining chimneys with damaged clay liners or chimneys that need resizing due to the needs of new appliances. They are durable, safe and effective with many fuels, including wood, gas and oil, and they won’t rust. When installed by a certified chimney company like A-1 Chimney Specialist, stainless steel liners also carry a lifetime warranty.
  • Cast-in-Place Liners – Cast-in-place masonry liners are another option for relining that can thoroughly seal existing cracks, gaps and other damage and strengthen your chimney. These are viewed by many as the most “permanent” relining option.
  • HeatShield® – HeatShield is a relining and resurfacing system that can be used to repair and restore damaged or deteriorating clay tile liners. This can be a great option for liners that have a few cracks and gaps here and there or liners that need to be completely resurfaced. Learn more here.

If you have a chimney that has no lining, or has a lining that’s showing signs of damage, contact A-1 Chimney Specialist to have one of our CSIA-certified technicians take a look. We can tell you whether repair or relining makes the most sense for your chimney and take care of all the work, start to finish. Call to make an appointment with A-1 today, or use our online scheduling form!


Maybe your chimney needs some other repair. If so, you can count on A-1 Chimney Specialist for all your chimney system needs.

  • review rating 5  A1 came out to sweep and inspect our chimney, as well as put a screen over the chimney opening. The guys that came out were fantastic!! They were so kind, friendly, and very professional. I was comfortable with them in my house, and they did a great job. They explained everything to me, and joked with my kids. We’ve already recommended them to other people and it’s only been 10 hours since their visit! We’ll definitely use them every time we need chimney services.

    thumb Laura Cole
  • review rating 5  I can't say enough good things about this company. The men came to clean our chimney (which badly needed it). They kept the house clean; they were so very polite; they took photos of the chimney. They also checked our dryer vent and took photos of that. We then learned that they service gas fireplaces--and we have been hunting for someone to help us with this. A lovely team. Super professional. It was like having the best doctor make a house call.

    thumb Elizabeth Grammer
  • review rating 5  On time to identify problem/issue great professional young technician that knew what to recommend. Alway communicated and reason I have used for my fireplace for over 15 years.

    thumb Roy Millar
  • review rating 5  Not like the cable guys! A-1 Chimney was timely and informative from the start! Phone calls to let you know who, what , when and we’re they were going to be from your scheduled appointment time. Great level of professionalism when they arrived and was knowledgeable of our needs and their solutions. I would highly recommend a small business over the big guys because you are a customer, not a corporate bottom line. As a side note..... good to see a young staff learning a trade. All three of the young gentlemen that were here are supporting that trade. “Ahhh it’s just a fireplace” What do you rely on in a power outage? Emergency heat........... Your fireplace! Thanks A-1..... See you again!

    thumb Nick Bohaychyk
  • review rating 4  Good service but EXPENSIVE. They were prompt and did a good job, but the cost was $40 more than the companies in Nashville.

    thumb Bevo H


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