Do I Really Need a Chimney Cap?

Keep raccoons out of your chimney with a chimney capAre you asking, “Do I need a chimney cap?”

Chimney caps are a great way to protect your home, chimney, and even surrounding areas from a variety of hazards.

Why Do I Need a Chimney Cap?

  • Chimney caps keep birds, bats, squirrels, and raccoons from entering your chimney. In addition to the nuisance of having animals in your chimney, nests can become fire hazards during winter.
  • Chimney caps protect your flue, crown, and brickwork from water damage. As water seeps into cracks and freezes, it expands, slowly widening the crack. Over time, this process can require expensive repairs. Chimney caps shield your chimney from water, preventing damage.
  • Chimney caps keep burning embers and sparks from flying out of your chimney and potentially starting a wildfire. Spark arrestor models with smaller, 5/8-inch mesh are available for homes in fire-prone areas or homes with wooden shingles.

So should you buy a chimney cap? Absolutely! We consider uncapped chimneys incomplete. Chimney caps protect you and your home from animals, prevent expensive repairs, and reduce the risk of wildfires.

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Wondering what kind of cap you need? Use our step-by-step guide for selecting the right cap for your chimney.

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Tom has been writing for the blog since 2011 and has loved sitting in front of the fireplace since he was an itty-bitty boy.

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