Chimney caps are protective coverings for chimneys usually made of stainless steel, galvanized or copper. Most chimney caps have a mesh screening that serves the dual purpose of spark arrestor and barrier against animals. Chimney caps also prevent rain from entering the flue of the chimney.
To see a good example of why you should have a properly functioning chimney cap, see about 1 minute into this video when these bats/birds start to dive into the chimney. (The video says birds, but they look like bats to me). Either way, nobody wants to deal with this in their chimney.
Other Animal Intruders
In addition to the bats in the video above; squirrels, birds, raccoons and other small animals love to get themselves trapped in your chimney. These animals can block the flue, carry disease and even enter your home and harm you or your household items.
Keep the Fire INSIDE of Your Chimney
Each year in the US, thousands of fires are started by burning embers that rise up the flue, exit through the uncapped chimney, and then land on the roof or yard. Containing these embers with a properly installed chimney cap from Bone Dry Masonry can give your home the proper protection.
Moisture can cause the most damaging effects to your chimney, and is also the most prominent problem, caused by rain. Unless you are located in the Midwest right now when it seems like it hasn’t rained in forever and the NWS is declaring Red Flag warnings… But I am sure the rain will come again and it’s important that your chimney is properly sealed to prevent damaged caused by any of these elements.
Bone Dry Chimney Covers
We recommend replacing damaged metal covers with new stainless steel units that shed water and provide lifetime manufacturer’s warranty against rust and corrosion. Call Bone Dry Masonry today 317-489-6400 or 877-BONE-DRY