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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  Preston was extremely professional, knowledgeable and prompt. He took the time to explain our issue and answered all my questions. I would highly recommend A-1 Chimney Specialist!!

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  • review rating 5  Tanner and Preston more than met our expectations. They were friendly, knowledgeable, timely and professional. Don’t hesitate to use this company. It is rare these days to get this quality of service. Thanks guys. We want to have you back.

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  • review rating 5  Great people to work with. Definitely the best choice for chimney services in the area! FM

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  • review rating 5  Great service! Due to unexpected doctor appointments, I had to reschedule two times and they worked with me to get it done as soon as possible. They were very prompt; the living area was left exactly as it was when they arrived (no mess at all!) and answered my questions. I highly recommend them!

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  • review rating 5  In a time where customer service is becoming more infrequent than frequent , I have to take a moment to acknowledge the superb above and beyond service my husband and I received from A1 Chimney . First of all , we came to use this company several years ago when they sleeved our 100 year old house's chimney so we could burn real wood . We have used them regularly to check and sweep our chimney since. This year however , I had a chimney fire . Thankfully no damage was done . In looking at my records , I realized I hadn't had the chimney swept in a few years . BIG mistake on my part , hence the fire . So I called the company , sing my woes , asking if it would be possible for them to come out before Thanksgiving , this is less than 2 weeks prior by the way . Kind Marty lets me know the first availability isn't until 12/16 but he will do his best to see what he can do. He calls me back the same day to let me know he had jiggled some things around and could be out 12/13 . I thanked him but asked if there were any cancellations to please let me know. Kind Marty , let me rephrase , very KIND Marty , calls me back a couple of days ago asking if we could be free the Monday pre Thanksgiving . Absolutely , I reply . Well on Monday afternoon Preston and Robert leave after checking for damage , cleaning and confirming the sleeve did exactly what it is designed to do , protect the house in the event a chimney fire takes place , never once suggesting it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't waited 4 years . So THANK YOU all for doing such a wonderful job ! You have made us and my out of town family very happy in making it safe for us to enjoy this holiday with lovely fires , something we / they look forward to on their cold weather visits . May each of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving ! You've certainly made ours !!! Gratefully , Linda & Gill Ramsden

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