Are you having issues with your fireplace? Do you find yourself facing chimney leaks, water damage, and more? If so, you may need some work done on your chimney crown. Chimney crowns face a lot of nasty weather and wear and tear. So, having them repaired or replaced is not an uncommon issue. Learn more about chimney crowns below. Afterwards, browse our site to find out what we can do for you!
A chimney crown sits on the top of your chimney. It works hard all year long to protect it from various types of moisture. Your crown should be slanted downward and extend a bit over the top of your chimney. This way it can easily direct any water away from your brickwork and mortar.
As stated above, a crown helps protect your masonry from excess exposure to moisture. But why is this really necessary? After all, brick is strong, so how much damage can water really do? To answer simply. A lot!
Bricks are a lot more absorbent than they appear. When they soak in water, it can cause the freeze/thaw process to occur, which puts a lot of extra pressure on your chimney system, as a whole. You see, in the winter, all of that soaked up water freezes and expands, causing your chimney to expand with it. In the summer, it thaws and causes your chimney to settle. All of that strain puts your chimney through a lot of unnecessary wear and tear!
On top of this, water exposure leads to rust, rot, stains, mold accumulation, clogs, and all types of decay and deterioration. Not only are these issues unsightly, diminishing the look and aesthetic of your entire home, but they cause your chimney to break down at a much quicker pace, as well.
By rebuilding your chimney crown, you are investing in years worth of chimney use and fireplace fun. Make the right choice and have your crown inspected today!
Nowadays, there are a certain set of standards and regulations when it comes to constructing your chimney. The CSIA offers specific guidelines regarding how far out the crown should extend, what it should be made from, how it should align with the flue liner, and more!
At A1 Chimney Specialist, our staff is CSIA trained and certified, so we know what to do when it comes to building you a strong and highly efficient chimney crown. We will use the best materials available and can design a piece that fits perfectly with your specific chimney. On top of all that, we can provide you with further waterproofing services to ensure water damage is never an issue you have to deal with.
Give us a call today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to setting you up right!