Chimneys stand tall against the elements. We often forget about them needing maintenance or we can even be oblivious to the tools and equipment that it takes to enhance their durability or lengthen their lifespan. If you are interested in keeping your chimney working properly for years to come it’s time to think about a chase cover.
The “chase” is the structural part of your chimney that you see from the roof to the top of the chimney. A chase cover is a metal pan that covers the top of the chase to keep it from damage caused by water or freezing
If your chimney chase is made of wood or masonry this makes it susceptible to water damage. A chase cover allows flue gases and smoke to escape while protecting it from rain and snow. The chase cover can include cross breaks that prevent water and snow from accumulating on top of it and drip edges that send water away from the chimney. Waterproofing the top of your chimney using a chase cover can save you from waterlogged bricks or warped wood.
There are a variety of choices when it comes to chase covers.
Stainless steel chase covers are a favorite due to their durability and resistance to rust, however, galvanized steel has been known to rust within 7 years.
Powder coating refers to the way color is applied. This method lasts much longer than paint because it simply won’t stick. If you aren’t thrilled by the plain-looking nature of stainless steel, with powder-coated steel you can match the color of your roof or shutters for a look that has more curb appeal.
Copper chase covers are very appealing. Especially if you have other copper accents on your home. They are durable but do patina over time, if you want to know what your cover will look like over time, imagine a very old penny.
Many consider aluminum a low-cost option to stainless steel because its durability and longevity is comparable. Like steel, it can hold up for quite a while but does have about a 7-year lifespan before rust takes its toll.
The good news is that many companies offer lifetime warranties no matter what type of chase cover you choose for your Wood Factory Built Fireplace. If you have a chase cover but have noticed rust stains on top or down the sides of your chimney it’s important to have it inspected immediately to prevent any more damage occurring to the rest of your chimney.
We here at Chimney Solutions know what it takes to keep your chimney functioning efficiently. If you suspect any damage or realize that it has been a long time since your last inspection don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-692-1953 today.
Whether you need an inspection, chimney cleaning, or any sort of repair our technicians are ready & willing to help.