What to Look for when Buying a Stainless Steel Chimney Cap
A stainless steel chimney cap can be a great investment for your home’s well being. Not only do they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but they require much less maintenance than their galvanized counterparts. They also have a lifetime guarantee.
If you’re planning on buying a stainless steel cap, here are a few things you want to look for before you decide which one is right for you.
A Lifetime and Then Some
Stainless steel chimney caps may not need to be replaced but they still need some maintenance. They have to be cleared off and cleaned up every now and then to prevent blockage. There are some models that are designed to cut down on up-keep, so if you are overwhelmed by the idea of spending time on your roof, check into these options.
You may also want to look into what your manufacturer offers as far as a warranty, in case something does go wrong with your chimney cap. It never hurts to have a good return policy either, just in case you find the cap you bought is not quite to your liking. An iffy manufacturer or a cap that requires constant cleaning will be something you may come to regret.
Cut the Costs
With all the options available for a stainless steel chimney cap, it isn’t surprising that some of them can do more than a standard cap. There are now stainless steel caps available to reduce drafts in your home and even harness wind power to provide a stronger updraft from your fireplace. These tight fitted caps can reduce your energy bills and assist in keeping your fireplace safe and clean. Don’t settle for a stainless steel cap that just works, find one that works for you.
Sizing It Up
Measure the length and the circumference of the chimney top to get an accurate size. You also want to note the number of flues and determine how high or low you want your cap to sit. This can be a daunting task for a first timer, but you can find guides for specific chimneys on manufacturers’ websites, or even have it professionally measured as part of your purchase. With the proper measurements in hand, you can be sure you are purchasing the proper chimney cap.
High Style High Up
Unlike their galvanized counterparts, a stainless steel cap will not rust, corrode, and should not dent. This gives you a lot of wiggle room to get creative with the design of your chimney cap. Find a style of cap you can live with for as long as you are in your home. Do not go overboard with specialized designs. Remember this shiny cap will top off your house and draw attention for a long time to come.
The options are endless for stainless steel chimney caps, but don’t get discouraged. If you make sure you know what you want and what you need, you will be sure that you won’t settle for anything less.