2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Chimney Cap Installation’ Category

Don’t Have a Chimney Cap? Install One Before Winter

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Why would you worry about your chimney before the winter comes and makes you want to use your fireplace all of the time? Because it’s vital that your chimney is protected from damage throughout the whole year, so that it is safe when winter comes. And having a quality chimney cap helps to ensure it is (along with routine inspections and cleaning).

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Keeping Animals Out of the Chimney in the Summer

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Here at 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., we love animals. That’s why we think they belong out in nature, where they can roam free, and not in the confines of your home. One of the most common calls that we get in our office is homeowners frantically looking for a way to get animals out of the chimney. While we’re happy to help, we want you to protect yourself from this possibility, which is why we have a couple of tips to help keep them out.

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What Is a Chimney Cap?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

One of the most important features of your chimney is the chimney cap, also known as the chimney crown. Some older chimneys do not have a chimney cap in place, and if yours is one of these chimneys, you need to seek installation ASAP. A chimney cap is a simple installation, often a metal crown that sits atop your chimney, but still leaves enough space to vent (usually in the form of a mesh opening). Here’s what makes a chimney cap such a vital installation throughout the year.

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What Problems Can a Chimney Cap Prevent?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

We may still be enjoying summer, but fall is right around the corner, and with it comes a new season of heating with your fireplace. Your chimney is the outlet for your fireplace’s smoke and burning embers, so keeping it clear and safe is a priority. One of the easier ways to help keep your chimney safe is with the installation of a chimney cap to your North Oaks property. For over a decade, 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., has installed chimney caps for a multitude of customers, and we can help you with your installation.

What Is a Chimney Cap?

A chimney cap is a small cover for the opening of your chimney. Chimney caps come in a variety of styles to both protect and compliment your chimney and home.

What Are the Benefits of Installing a Chimney Cap?

There are several important benefits to installing chimney cap:

  • Block animals from nesting in your chimney – there are a variety of animals, including birds, squirrels and raccoons, that like to nest in chimneys. By covering the top of your chimney with a cap, you prevent these critters from making a home there.
  • Reduce water damage from wet weather – chimney caps significantly reduce the amount of water that enters your chimney. Rain, snow, sleet and ice can easily enter your chimney through its opening. When water gets into your chimney, it can get into the masonry, and as the water freezes due to winter temperatures, can crack the masonry. If left unattended, water damage can eventually weaken your chimney’s structure.
  • Block hot embers from the roof – burning embers from your fireplace can make their way up the chimney and onto your roof, potentially causing a fire. A chimney cap can prevent these hot embers from escaping.

Why Hire a Professional?

An improperly sized, designed, or installed chimney cap can reduce a chimney’s backdraft, which can lead to the poor burning of fuel and/or smoky rooms in your home. The best way to avoid this is to hire trained professionals, like the ones at 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc.

Chimney caps can protect your chimney and your home from some potentially serious damage. Call Us Today! 612.922.9600 or 1-888-PIXLEYS

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