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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!

  • 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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  • 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


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