Is a prefabricated or factory-built chimney system part of your home? Are you looking to have one installed? So many homeowners are going the way of factory-built these days, and for good reason:
- Prefabricated chimney systems are typically less of an investment than masonry systems.
- Prefabricated chimney systems can be installed in places in the home that can’t support the weight of a masonry system.
- Prefabricated systems are built for maximum safety and efficiency.
- Prefabricated chimney systems come in a wide range of looks and styles.
The chase, which is the metal “stack” of a prefabricated chimney serves to protect the chimney flue and to add visual appeal to a factory-built unit. And at the top of the chase should sit a chase cover, which is the prefabricated chimney’s version of a chimney crown.
Whether your home came with a factory-built unit or you’ve since had one installed, there’s a good chance that the system came with a relatively standard chase cover, likely made from a galvanized metal. Although these can last for several years, like a crown on a masonry chimney, they are susceptible to damage.
Chase Cover Damage – Cause & Effect
Years of rain, snow, sleet, hail, and animal tampering can cause your chase cover to rust, corrode, dent, and provide imperfect protection. Not only can this be a problem for your chimney’s interior, but it can also destroy the look of your chase cover by leaving unsightly rust streaks down its sides. Of course, not all chase cover damage is that obvious. That’s why we recommend annual inspections!
During an annual inspection, we’ll look at your chimney system from top to bottom, checking for damage, moisture, blockages, and any other threats to safety or functionality. An annual inspection can alert you to problems with your chase cover before you even notice the issue. This simple maintenance can prevent you from experiencing massive water damage to your chimney flue, firebox, chase, and all of the other metal components in your prefabricated chimney system. In other words, an annual inspection can save you a great deal of money!
If we find that your chase cover is in need of replacement, you can count on us to properly and professionally install a quality chase cover that fits perfectly with your chase.
Schedule Your Appointment With A Company You Can Trust
Here at Chimney Concepts, we stand behind our work and are dedicated to providing expert chimney care to our neighbors throughout Ozaukee, Milwaukee, and the surrounding counties. To schedule an appointment with one of our experts, please call 262-377-5811 or click here!