Mid-Valley Chimney Repair & Sweep LLC Installs Custom Chimney Caps Throughout Springboro
Sure, Springboro has everything you need to live a fulfilled life day to day, like great schools, a post office, lots of shopping options, a welcoming library, and plenty of places to dine out. The city also has lots of great parks like North Park, Community Park, and more. But Springboro is about more than its amenities – it’s also about community.
That’s why the team here at Mid-Valley is so happy to serve the neighborhoods that make up this thriving city. When the weather gets chilly, don’t turn anywhere else for quality chimney and fireplace services. We’ll keep rain, snow, and sleet at bay with our repair and installation services. Whether you need tuckpointing, waterproofing, a new chimney cap, or something else, we’re the crew to call.
What Is a Chimney Cap?
Chimney caps are known for being affordable, quick to install, and for offering many different ways of protecting your chimney. There are five big roles chimney caps serve, all of which keep you and your household safer and save you money in the long run.
- Block Water: One of the biggest reasons chimney caps are needed is to block water from entering your chimney from the top. Without one in place, rain, sleet, and snow would simply flow right in, where it could then break down your liner, pool on your smoke shelf, damage your firebox, and cause all types of other issues that prevent you from safely using your fireplace.
- Prevent Animal Entry: There are all kinds of birds and critters that love an open chimney, as it can offer warm and reliable protection from the elements. That is, until a fire is lit. Then, both your household and the animals face some serious threats. The better route is to keep them out from the very beginning – and chimney caps do just that.
- Avoid Downdrafts: Are downdrafts making their way into your chimney and affecting the temperature of your home? Or maybe they’re bringing in some foul odors? Regardless, we’re guessing they’re not welcome. Chimney caps help to prevent winds from swooping into your home where they don’t belong.
- Keep Out Debris: Sure, animals can bring in nesting materials that trigger clogs, but it’s not uncommon for winds to blow twigs, leaves, and the like into an open chimney as well. Caps add an extra layer of protection, so that you don’t have to stress about buildup.
- Act as Spark Arrestors: Flying sparks are no joke, and if an ember shoots up your chimney, it could potentially land on flammable roofing materials or piles of leaves that have built up. Caps stop these tiny fire hazards dead in their tracks.
All things said, chimney caps are an essential part of your chimney and play a huge role in keeping your flue and household better protected. If yours is missing or damaged, call us to your home in Springboro, Tamarack Hills, Flat Iron, Royal Spring Estates, Five Points, Ridgeville, Kenricksville, Franklin, Pekin, Chautauqua, Red Lion, Merrittstown, Cincinnati, Montgomery, or anywhere else nearby today.
Looking for Even More High-Quality, Personalized Services?
Our caps are custom-fitted to your flue, but they’re not the only service we customize. In fact, all of our services will be personalized to your unique needs. Call us in for the following:
- Chimney Inspections
- Chimney Sweeping
- Chimney Repairs
- Masonry Repairs
- Chimney Rebuilds
- Chimney Relining
- Chimney Leak Repair
- Custom Chimney Caps
- Chase Covers
- Crown Rebuilds
- Fireplace Facelifts
- Stoves & Fireplace Products
- Dryer Vent Cleanings
Don’t put off the care your chimney deserves. We’d be happy to come out to your home on Clearcreek Franklin Road, Pennyroyal Road, Lower Springboro Road, Lytle Five Points Road, Bayberry Drive, Sesame Street, Heston Drive, Curry Drive, Basil Street, Central Avenue, Parker Drive, Eleanor Drive, Manor Drive, Janney Lane, Ballard Drive, Stolle Drive, Woodstream Drive, Tanglewood Drive, Remick Boulevard, or anywhere else in Springboro as soon as we can!
What’s the Difference Between Chimney Crowns & Chimney Caps?
The terms “chimney crown” and “chimney cap” are often mixed up and used interchangeably. Yet, while both play a vital part in protecting your chimney from water damage, both function in very different ways. You need a secure chimney crown and cap, as well as flashing and waterproofing to make sure your chimney is as watertight as possible.
What Is a Chimney Crown?
A chimney crown is a thick slab on the top of your chimney that covers the chase. The chimney chase is a long, narrow space that runs from the fireplace up the chimney and through the roof. The chase surrounds and protects the flue pipe from the outdoors. Crowns should overhang the side walls of the chimney to divert rainwater away so that it doesn’t pool on the brick and seep in. Chimney crowns are usually concrete or stone, and are slanted downwards to effectively direct water out and away.
What Is a Chimney Cap?
A chimney cap is a small metal piece at the top of your chimney that protects the flue opening. By covering this opening, the chimney cap prevents water, debris, and animals from getting into your chimney and causing damage. In addition, caps typically have mesh siding to allow exhaust, smoke, and toxins like carbon monoxide to exit your home safely.
Depending on the setup of your flue, you may have more than one chimney cap or some type of large, specialty cap. Chimney caps can be designed for single-flue and multi-flue structures, and they can also be custom-fitted if your flue has a non-standard size or is a unique shape.
What About a Chase Cover?
In your chimney research, you may have come across the words “chase cover,” as well. Sometimes the term is used in place of a chimney cap, but are these two actually the same thing?
Caps and chase covers are both metal, and they are both designed to keep outside threats like water and animals from entering your chimney system, but they are not the same. While chase covers cover the whole chimney opening (think of it as a metal version of your concrete crown), caps only cover the flue opening.
Another notable difference? All chimney systems need a chimney cap but that’s not true for chase covers. If you already have a concrete crown in place that isn’t damaged, you don’t need a cover.
What Are the Best Materials for Chimney Crowns and Caps?
Chimney crowns are usually concrete, although you may come across a stone crown now and then. In the past, mortar was also used to make chimney crowns, but it’s a weaker material that tends to break down, so it’s definitely not the recommended material. So, the industry has increasingly moved towards concrete, known for its durability and water resistance.
Chimney caps are typically made up of metals like aluminum, galvanized steel, or copper. At Mid-Valley Chimney, we specialize in custom-fitted stainless steel caps. Why? Because it’s a low-maintenance material that isn’t as soft or prone to damage as its counterparts. It can stand the test of time against unpredictable weather, curious animals, and rust. While, yes, stainless steel is a more expensive option for chimney caps, it’s a worthwhile investment when you consider the fact that you won’t need to replace it as often – as long as it’s well-maintained.
We Listen to What You Want
One thing we value as a family-owned business is taking adequate time with every customer, whether on the phone or in the home. This ensures we can work together to make the most informed decisions for your household.
If you’re fed up with impersonal, fast-paced companies treating you like another paycheck, join your neighbors in Venable, Kitchener, Carlisle, Hunter, Lytle, Manor, Beavercreek, Troy, Oxford, Milford, Indian Hill, and more by working with us. Call us at 513-727-0994 or reach out online to request an estimate today.