Protect Your Prefab Chimney With A Quality Chase Top Installation
Prefabricated chimneys have become exceedingly popular, and for good reason. These are built in the factory and offer homeowners a way to enjoy a beautiful and efficient chimney and fireplace, without the cost and footing required for a masonry system. But just like their masonry counterparts, prefabricated chimneys need protection against the elements – and that’s where the chase top comes in.
What Is A Chase Top & Why Is It So Important?
Chase tops are metal components that are fitted to the top of the chimney chase. These important components work to keep moisture, animals, insects, birds, and unconditioned air from entering the chimney system and home. Unfortunately, many standard or stock chase tops are made of cheap galvanized metal or aluminum that will rust and corrode in the first several years of use. And when this happens, the chase top fails to do its job effectively.
Signs Of Chase Top Damage
One of the first signs of chase top damage is rust streaks. If you’ve noticed rust streaks down the sides of your chimney chase, there’s a good chance your chase top has deteriorated and needs replacement. Of course the best way to know if damage has been done to your chase top or if it’s reached the end of its service life is to schedule a professional inspection. During an inspection, we’ll take a good look at your chase top, checking for any damage, flaws, or weaknesses. We’ll also check to make sure it has been properly installed and that it’s effectively working to keep rain, animals, and other intruders out.
Stainless Steel Chase Tops Offer Years Of Protection
Here at Northwest Fireplace and Chimney, we install some of the most durable and attractive chase tops in the industry. Because of their stainless steel composition, our chase tops can take on the strongest winds, the heaviest rains, and the most brutal winters, year after year. And unlike their aluminum or galvanized metal counterparts, your stainless steel chase top won’t have to be replaced every couple of years.
If you think your chase top may have reached the end of its service life or you’d like to have your stock chase top replaced with a high-quality stainless steel chase top, give Northwest Fireplace and Chimney a call at 219-413-2349. Or, simply request an appointment online!
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