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Chimney Cap Installation

Take a look at the very top of your chimney. That metal piece covering the flue opening is your chimney cap, and although it’s a comparatively small part of your chimney system, it’s performing a valuable function: keeping water, debris and animals from entering your flue and leading to damage.

If you don’t see a cap up there — an all too common occurrence — we can’t recommend enough that you have one installed by one of our CSIA-certified technicians. (Proper installation is important, too, and we have the experience to do it right. We install and repair chimney caps every day!)

Leaks? Your Damaged Or Missing Chimney Cap Could Be The Culprit

While chimney leaks can be complex and originate from several sources, one of the most common sources we see is a damaged or missing chimney cap. It makes sense: the chimney cap, along with your chimney crown, is the uppermost line of defense keeping water out of your system. If there’s damage, or if the chimney cap has come off (this can happen in storms, particularly if the cap was improperly installed), your flue is being opened up to the brunt of the elements.

If you’re experiencing a leak, have an A-1 Chimney Specialist technician take a look – replacing or repairing your chimney cap might be a simple and affordable fix.

Keep Unwanted Visitors Out Of Your Chimney

Water isn’t the only unwanted visitor trying to make its way into your chimney. Animals, from birds to squirrels and raccoons have been known to get into chimneys that don’t have caps to protect them. Birds can build nests in your flue that not only block it and limit its ability to effectively vent gases but also create a fire hazard. Certain migratory birds are protected and can’t be removed, so you end up having to wait for them to leave on their own. Animals can also bring unwanted bugs and smells into your chimney.

Then there’s debris — leaves, twigs and other bits of debris can just as easily make their way into an uncapped chimney, creating unsanitary and unsafe conditions inside your flue.

What is the best way to fight off all of those invading elements? Keep them out of your flue with a chimney cap that’s properly and professionally installed.

A Wide Variety Of Chimney Caps

Chimney caps come in a variety of shapes, from round to rectangular, and in a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, copper and iron. The different types will bring different benefits, depending on your needs. Aluminum tends to be very affordable; stainless steel very durable; copper very beautiful. A-1 Chimney Specialist offers a wide variety of chimney caps to match your taste and your home.

If you need to repair or replace a chimney cap, call A-1 Chimney Specialist or click here to schedule an appointment online, and have one of our CSIA-certified technicians help you find the best chimney cap for your home.


If your chimney’s damper isn’t working properly, or if your chimney doesn’t have a damper, we can guarantee your fireplace system is not working efficiently. Ask us about installing a new damper or repairing your existing one and watch your utility bills go down!


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