Chimney Caps Repairs Restorations Replacements
The big problem with Chimney Caps
- Chimney Caps always crack and let eroding water in because the chimney top is the place where hot always meets cold, and when hot meets cold in masonry or concrete – cracks appear. But you don’t have to believe me – just drive along any street and look up at the chimney tops and you will see an abundance of ugly cracks everywhere..
Chimney Caps Fact 1:
These cracked chimneys were all built by the best efforts of very talented bricklayers and masons – who when they come to repair these cracked up chimneys – still believe that stronger is better – and they try to correct it by making it even stronger. Which is actually counter productive in most cases or at the very least extremely expensive.
Little known side fact : The building code for masonry chimney construction is very complicated and includes a number of expansion and slip features that very few masons incorporate into their projects because they are simply unaware of the need for them – and have probably never read a building code. I repair many chimneys every year and have yet to come across one that was built correctly according to Canada’s National and BC building code.
Chimney Caps Fact 2:
Chimney repairs become especially confusing when working on a 100 year old chimney that was made with lime and sand as mortar. No cement. The thought process is to make it stronger and harder. When actually some flex in the mortar does not hurt and is recommended.
My Chimney Caps Solution:
In answer to this chimney cracking problem, over time we developed a simple and reasonably priced solution by adding our custom structurally constructed sheet metal Crown Flashing with riveted corners and excellent drip edges designed to shed water while allowing the chimney to expand and contract with its heat cool cycles.
Our Custom Crown Flashing system
is actually structural and was developed in conjunction with a well trained and experienced coppersmith who had much experience in working on extremely high end projects and restorations of castles and heritage projects.
( Drip edges are specified in the building code but rarely are built into a masonry chimney. )
Our metal Crown Flashing product itself is a 26 gauge 35 year plus – rated product which comes in several colours, in fact it’s the same material roofers use to flash all the other areas of the roof. Our Crown Flashing covers up a deteriorating chimney crown in a reasonably priced and functional way and adds at least 35 years to the chimney structure all for a very moderate price.
PS: Regular Mason Contractors don’t like these crown flashings because it violates some unwritten idea that everything has to be hard – unmovable concrete. I know this because I have many videos on YouTube and get many angry comments from masons worldwide whose clients are asking them to provide my type of crown flashing solutions. Local masons also don’t like it because their chimney repair methods and prices do not compete with mine.
Chimney Caps Conclusion
To recap, no pun intended.. haha, our masonry chimney Crown Flashing repair methods allow for cold hot cycles with expansion and contraction, are a maintenance free long term solution and are extremely cost effective. Call for an evaluation and price quote. Usually the price of my repair adds at least double in value to,the curb appeal of your home.
Roland von Schellwitz
Victoria BC’s “Flue Guru”
WETT Certified Chimney Services
12 Years Successful Contracting and Trade Experience
- Local “Owner Operator” Family Business Serving Greater Victoria BC
- Systems Engineering Graduate, HVAC and building automation control system developer.
- Trained in trades by Dean Brandhagan, a Master Tradesman – Interprovincial RedSeal Journeyman Brick Mason since 1973, Journeyman Carpenter since 1988, Journeyman Concrete Technician
- WETT Certified Wood Heat Professional Inspector, Installer and Chimney Sweep
- Licenced – Worksafe BC – Insured – BBB
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Annual Inspections and Cleaning
- Since 1 in every 7 House fires is caused by a wood burning appliance – BC Fire Code and most Insurance Companies Require Annual Inspections & Cleanings on Wood Burning Devices.
Our Chimney Sweep Service
- Depending on type of fuel and your burning habits – it may be necessary to clean your chimney more often than annually – but generally an annual sweep and inspection will remove any debris, creosote, critters or bird nests.
- WETT Certified Inspection Reports for Insurance or Building Permits for your Wood Burning Equipment Click to book Starts at $140
- Annual Fireplace Chimney Cleaning Service available – Starts at $140 (Insurance Company Acceptable) Click to book Starts at $140
- Wood Burning Stove and Insert Cleaning- We have specialized tools to protect chimney liners from damages during cleaning. Click to book Starts at $140
- Creosote Deglazing – Sometimes creosote from smoldering fires or wet wood can accumulate in the flue. This needs to be dealt with using different equipment and methods. Contact us for quote
- Note: We Power Sweep your chimney flue with the latest Technology from the inside or the bottom. In 90% of situations it is no longer necessary to go on slippery steep dangerous roofs.
- Building Depressurization Inspection for Draft Issues to determine how your building competes for draft Starts at $140 Book Now
- Draft Inducers for Wood Stoves and Fireplace Inserts for poor drawing basement and outside “cold” chimney installations Contact for quote
- Key Dampers for Installations with too much draft Contact for quote
- Stove Door Gaskets Contact for quote
- Combustion Air Intake Vents Contact for quote
- Chimney Sealing to prevent expensive Heat Loss and water or critter entry Contact for quote
- How to properly light a woodstove or fireplace insert
- How to light your open Wood Burning fireplace
Repairs and Upgrades
- Masonry Chimney & Fireplace Updates – Repointing, Rebuilding, Repairs or Removals Contact for quote
- Chimney top Crown Flashings with Drip Edge – Prevents leaks and erosion – adds years to chimney life
- Wood Stove and Wood Burning Insert Repairs. Cleaning and Installations – Specialized tools to protect chimney liner from damages during cleaning. Click to book service call.
New Equipment Installations
- EPA Certified Fireplace Inserts Supplied and Installed Starting at $2995.00
- EPA Certified Wood Burning Stove Replacements Supplied and Installed Starting at $1995.00
- Hi Temperature Steel Chimney Installations, Repairs and Replacements Contact for quote
- Chimney Liners
- Raincaps Contact for quote
- Fireplace Top Dampers
Wood Burning Accessories
- Stovepipe or Stove top Thermometers
- Double Wall Stovepipe Thermometers
- Remote Flue Gas Thermometers with Over Fire Alarms
- Firewood Moisture Meters