Chimney Caps

Chimney Caps for Your Dallas Home

Your fireplace and chimney are more than just an attractive architectural element of your home, though they definitely provide that. But, most homeowners choose to have a chimney because of the warmth – both aesthetically and in comfort- that they provide. However, there is more to having a fireplace than simply having added heat and atmosphere. Every chimney, along with its various components, must be properly maintained. One such vital component of your fireplace is the chimney cap.

If you own a home in Dallas, then ensuring that your chimney not only has a cap, but that it is working properly is a must.

What is a Chimney Cap?

The chimney cap is a metal cover with a heavy duty mesh that is affixed to the top of a chimney or fireplace. It is used on both metal chimneys as well as on masonry chimneys, and serves to keep unwanted elements out of your fireplace. A chimney cap may be made from copper, stainless steel or galvanized steel. Typically, copper and stainless steel chimney caps come with a lifetime warranty, while galvanized metal caps have a limited warranty. It is best to have a chimney cap professionally installed, as attempting to do it yourself, often negates any warranties the cap entailed.

What are the Benefits of Using a Chimney Cap for my Dallas, Texas Home?

There are several reasons why Texas homeowners choose to have chimney caps installed. Here are just a few of them:

  •  A chimney cap keeps water from entering through the chimney during a rain shower. By keeping water out, you are eliminating water damage to your brickwork, walls, or ceiling.
  • Because of the wire mesh netting, animals are prevented from entering the chimney. In chimneys where there is no cap, birds, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, and other animals will seek the warmth provided by the chimney and then build their home within your chimney walls. Many of these animals can get stuck and will die – thus creating an awful odor in your home.
  • Wire mesh chimney caps work as spark deflectors. In a region such as Dallas where warm summers can result in a dry fall or winter, a chimney cap can be the difference needed to prevent a house or yard fire due to sparks or embers escaping the chimney.
  • A chimney cap stops the downdrafts from entering your home. These downdrafts can cause your home to fill with smoke.
  • A chimney cap make your home more energy efficient as it helps keeps warmth in and the cold out.

Installing a Chimney Cap in Dallas, Texas

If you have a home with a fireplace in Dallas, Texas then having a chimney cap means you have less to be concerned about when you build a fire. Rather than having to be concerned about excess moisture or the possibility of downdrafts or animals, you can focus on the beauty and warmth of a fire. Don’t start the next cold season without having a chimney cap installed! Talk to the pros at Omega Masonry to learn more and to get an estimate. Call us today at 214-473-5858.