Your chimney is much more than an aesthetic architectural element. It provides an escape route for the smoke created by the fire. However, to be completely effective there are a couple key elements your chimney must contain. These elements include the flue, the cap, and the chimney liner. Fort Lee chimney liners can be made from different metals (steel or aluminum), cast in place chimney liners and clay tile chimney liners.
For most homes, clay tile chimney liners are used as they are not only effective but they are also inexpensive and readily available. Metal chimney liners are most often used to upgrade or repair existing chimneys, while cast in place liners are used to create a smooth, seamless, insulated passageway for the flue gasses. The cast in place liners will also improve the structure of an older chimney and are useable with all types of fuel.
Why do you need a chimney liner?
At Guardian Chimney, we understand that you may not recognize the need for a chimney liner. After all, one may think that merely having a chimney is sufficient. However, your chimney liner is not something to be overlooked as it provides several key safety elements. These are:
- Smoke and fumes will leak into other parts of your home – especially if you have a multi-level residence.
- Tar and condensation are seeping through the chimneystack walls leaving staining on the inside and outside of the chimneystack. This will cause discoloration on both the inside and outside of the house.
- If, for whatever reason, your flue liner was incorrectly installed, a chimney liner will help prevent condensation from occurring.
- Occasionally, the flue may be too large for the stove or fire and does not draw smoke properly. Having a chimney liner will prevent the smoke from entering the room.
- The liner protects the house from heat transfer, which can result in a home fire. Studies show that unlined chimneys allowed heat to move through the chimney so rapidly that the adjacent woodwork caught fire in only 3.5 hours.
- A liner protects the mortar of your chimney from being corroded by the flue gases. This matters because if the mortar joints erode, heat transfers more rapidly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide can leak into the living areas of the home.
Chimney Liners from Guardian Chimney
Since 1995, we have been installing chimney liners for homes and businesses in the Fort Lee area. It is our mission to see that you are not just protected from fire risk due to excess chimney heat, but to see that your chimney is properly working, too.
If you have questions regarding chimney liners in Fort Lee or surrounding areas, give us a call today at 888-688-1388 or you can Contact Us.