Chimney Liners

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Installing or Replacing Chimney Liners

In some cases, a damaged chimney liner can be repaired. This may be the case if the damage is minor and can be fixed with a patch or sealant. However, it’s important to have a professional chimney sweep or technician inspect the liner to determine the extent of the damage and whether it can be repaired or needs to be replaced.

Gas fireplaces require very little maintenance once installed, because they burn clean and do not produce creosote, a tar-like chemical byproduct associated with standard wood-burning installations. Because of this, they don’t require a chimney liner. Stainless steel liners also come with a lifetime warranty.

Installing a chimney liner in a wood burning fireplace

Wood-Burning Chimneys

Wood-Burning Fireplace Chimney Liners

Wood-burning fireplace liners are designed to protect the surrounding structure of the chimney and home from the high temperatures generated by the fire. The most common materials used to construct wood-burning fireplace liners include clay tile, cast-in-place concrete, and stainless steel.

Cast-in-place concrete

Cast-in-place concrete liners are a more modern alternative to clay tile liners. They are created by pouring a special concrete mixture directly into the chimney, creating a seamless and durable liner.

Clay tile

Clay tile liners are the most traditional and commonly used type of liner for wood-burning fireplaces. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel liners are a popular choice for homeowners who want to retrofit their existing chimney with a liner. They are easy to install and provide excellent protection against corrosion and moisture.

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Should I Install A Stainless Chimney Liner?

Installing a stainless chimney liner is a great option. They are safe, energy efficient, affordable, and last a long time. However, it’s best to consult a professional to assess your current chimney and discuss your options in order to make the best decision.

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Signs Of Disrepair

Signs A Liner Should Be Replaced

The decision to replace or repair a chimney liner depends on the condition of the existing liner and the extent of the damage. In general, a chimney liner should be replaced if:

  • The liner is severely damaged: If the liner has cracks, holes, or other significant damage that cannot be repaired, it may need to be replaced.
  • The liner is too old: If the liner is made of clay or other outdated materials, it may be time to replace it with a more modern liner made of stainless steel or another durable material.
  • The liner is improperly sized: If the existing liner is not the correct size for your appliance or chimney, it may not be able to perform its job properly and may need to be replaced.
  • The liner is not up to code: If your liner is not up to current building codes, it may need to be replaced to ensure the safety of your home.

Chimney Safety

Determining The Safety Of Your Chimney

When considering replacing your chimney liner or switching from a wood burning fireplace to gas logs, there are several things to look for to determine the safety and functionality of your chimney:

  • Symptoms of deterioration: Efflorescence due to moisture, damage to bricks along the roofline, and staining on the walls near the chimney can be signs of leaks, salt deposits, and other issues that can erode your chimney lining and cause damage to your home.
  • Blockages: Blockages in the furnace flue are extremely hazardous, as they can cause carbon monoxide fumes to enter your home. Blockages are a common problem with chimneys, regardless of the type of furnace fuel used.
  • Chimney fires: Chimney fires can destroy the integrity of the fireplace flue and lead to significant damage. Deterioration is often caused by age, moisture, and poor maintenance. Other sources of damage can include animals, lightning, and strong storms that cause damage that may not be noticeable without a professional inspection.

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How We Work With Customers

Our certified specialists assess your chimney and produce pictures, presenting in detail the reasons a fireplace liner may be a good investment for your home and peace of mind. We use the latest chimney scanning technology and other standard assessment tools.

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