Baby Raccoons and Mom Rescued from Chimney

A family of raccoons was rescued from a home by local animal control and the Humane Society. The chimney caps will prevent future raccoon troubles, but this is a good reminder to check your flue before installing the cap! Lucky baby raccoons and mom.

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Preventing Chimney Crown Repairs

While on your roof measuring for a chimney cap, be sure to check your chimney crown for any cracks or crazing. While small cracks may not seem like an issue, those small cracks can quickly become big cracks and eventually result in expensive repairs.

Chimney crown cracks can expand over time and result in expensive repairs.When water gets into those cracks and freezes it expands, enlarging the crack. Over time, the freeze-thaw process will cause that little hairline crack to become large enough to threaten the structure of your chimney crown. If left untreated, your chimney crown will begin to crumble and need to be replaced- an expensive repair.

Preventing Chimney Crown Repairs with CrownCoat

CrownCoat applies easily with a brush.

Those expensive repairs can be easily prevented, however, by coating your chimney with the heavy-duty chimney sealant CrownCoat. CrownCoat will keep water out of cracks and prevent new cracks from forming, protecting your chimney and your wallet for years. You can apply it easily with a paintbrush and lasts for a guaranteed 15 years. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

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Choosing a Fireplace

Wood fireplaces are a heartwarming classic.A fireplace is a wonderful addition to any room, emitting heat, light and ambiance making for a toasty and welcoming atmosphere. If you are thinking of adding a fireplace to your home, you may be wondering type of fireplace is best for you. Read on to learn about electric, gas, and wood fireplaces. Consider their pros and cons when choosing a fireplace to match your needs.

1.)   Choosing a Fireplace: Electric, Gas or Wood?

Electric fireplaces are the simplest to install, as they do not require a chimney. They will not give out real flames, but will instead simulate flames and put off heat. The heat quality of electric fires can be as good as real fires but they can really drive up your electric bill.

A gas fireplace can give real fire and can be installed quite easily into your space. Gas lines will have to be run to the fireplace by a qualified installer, however. The huge benefit of a gas fireplace, that you do not have with any other type of fireplace, is that you can have instant heat. With modern fireplace designs you can decide how you would like that heat to look; you can opt for anything from a simulated wood fire to a string of tiny flames. Using a gas fireplace as a major heat source can be expensive, though.

A wood fire will put off more heat and cost less to run than any other type of fire. A wood fire will also have the mark of authenticity with real and genuine crackles and sparks that will add to that fairy tale feeling of sitting next to the fire. Wood fireplaces require chimneys, of course, so installation costs can be considerable. If you’d like a wood fireplace but don’t want to modify your home with a chimney, consider building an outside fireplace. They can be a wonderful place to gather around, and will add value to your home.

Wood fireplaces do require more maintenance, including yearly inspections by a chimney sweep. You’ll also need to scoop out the ash every once in a while. Plenty of fireplace accessories are available to help you with this though.

2.)   Choosing a Fireplace: Considering the Aesthetics

Once you have decided on the type of fireplace that you want, your next decision will be the look of the fireplace. What are your aesthetic preferences? If you decide on a wood fire, then a stone or brick hearth is the classic choice. Gas and electric fireplaces come in a wide array of styles, from simulating a classic wood fire to sleek, modern appliances built out of stainless steel and glass.

How you accessorize your fireplace will have a large impact on the overall look and feel. There are many fireplace screens, tools and accessories that have a positive impact on the aesthetics of your fireplace as well as a practical impact.


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The What, How, and Why of Powder Coating

While many people like the look of stainless steel or copper chimney caps, others prefer a more inconspicuous look. Chimney caps with a brown or black powder coat finish can blend in with the roof or trim and be barely noticeable.

Powder coating provides a thick, baked-on finish more durable than paint. The powder coating is more resistant to scratches and will look good for years longer than normal paint.

So what exactly is powder coating? When a chimney cap is powder coated, it is sprayed with an electrostatic coat of powder. The electrostatic gun imparts a negative charge on the powder as it is being sprayed. The negative charged powder sticks to the metal, which has been given a slight positive electrical charge.

spraying powder coating

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Once an even layer of powder has been applied, the chimney caps are heated up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, “baking” the powder on. When baking, the powder melts and bonds to itself and the chimney cap, creating a thick, seamless coating. Because of the baking process, powder coat finishes are significantly harder and more durable than traditional paint finishes.

Top Mount Chimney Cap with Black Powder Coat Finish

Green bonus: powder coating emits no volatile organic compounds (VOC), creates less hazardous waste than paint, and the overspray can be collected and reused.

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