Have a chimney cap installed in Dallas and Houston before a bird or animal enters the chimney. Full coverage chimney caps are better than a cap just mounted on the chimney flue.
CWT installs only good quality full coverage chimney caps. Our chimney cap will cover the entire top of the chimney. This protects the bed of mortar at the top keeping the bricks stable and and not allowing any water into the chimney chase. All the caps keep out water and critters from nesting down the chimney flue.
Chimney caps come in 24 gauge metal. Choices of the type of metals are copper, galvanized, paint grip, stainless steel, and colored metal. The colored metal comes in black, brown, almond, sierra tan, red, slate gray, dark gray, medium bronze, dark bronze, sandstone, 3 shades of white, forest green, and almost any color to match your trim or gutters.
Chimneys come in two different flue styles, masonry flue or prefabricated flue (metal pipe). Masonry flue cap options include the #1plus, flat lid, hip lid, and the king top. Prefabricated flue caps start with a chimney chase cover. To enhance the prefabricated flue caps add a tutrle shroud or install a hip lid or king cap over the chimney chase cover. You cannot install a flat lid or a #1plus on a prefabricated flue because they are not designed to have a spark arrestor inside and under the lid. A spark arrestor is a pipe cap for a metal flue and by code you must have one installed on a prefab flued fireplace.
To install a chimney cap in Dallas and Houston may be different than the rest of the country. The Texas weather is very windy, with Dallas having straight line winds and tornadoes and Houston having hurricanes CWT has come up with a wired installation method. We take a heavy gauge wire and attach it through the chimney cap skirt. Then we go down 3 or 4 rows of brick or stone and drill a hole for a concrete anchor. Attach the wire to the anchor and nail it in the hole. The chimney caps vibrate ever so slightly but do not vibrate the anchors out. The wire takes the vibration not the anchors.
When we measure for a chimney cap we have to make the cap slightly larger to fit over the chimney top. Typically we make it 3/8″ – 1/2″ larger for a snug good custom fit.
Options on some caps are how tall the legs need to be extended. Hasrdware cloth screen or expanded metal for screen. On hip lids you can have a high or low pitch. Staning seams can be added or taken off. Finials can be designed to enhance the chimney caps. Weathervanes can be added on top of the lids for a complete custom look to your exterior of your home. All options add value and do cost more in addition to the base price. All options are available for a chimney cap Dallas or Houston chimney cap installation.
Install a chimney cap in Dallas and Houston before any further damage occurs to your flue causing a fire hazard or an animal from taking up residence inside the fireplace.