IS CHIMNEY RELINING THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR HOME?
For hundreds of years, standard chimneys have been constructed with an inner liner of clay flue tiles which keep the products of the fireplace and furnace from entering the home. This technology has worked in millions of homes in the US and Europe, but it has some inherent flaws which can affect a home's safety, as well as make for costly repairs.
When a clay flue liner cracks or fails, smoke, carbon monoxide, creosote, and other products of combustion can seep through your chimney and leak into your home, which presents a hazard to your home's occupants. Damaged or improperly constructed chimneys can also let water into the interior of a home, which over time can create water damage to the walls and framing of the house. In the worst case scenario, a damaged chimney can even cause a fire.
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) code 211 says that cracked or damaged chimney flue tiles should be repaired. This can be expensive, as it involves destroying and replacing part or all of the chimney. Patching the cracks is a temporary solution, since the problem will invariably present itself again, in most cases sooner rather than later.
Chimney relining, when done properly, offers a safe, inexpensive, and long term solution, and complies with all NFPA standards as well as CT and RI building codes. A properly installed chimney liner makes the chimney air tight and water tight, and costs much less than a full chimney rebuild. Read more about chimney liner installation below.
ALUMINUM: Aluminum chimney liners are really only appropriate for use with gas stoves. Gas burns relatively efficiently and doesn't build up as much residue as other combustibles (although over time, some residue will deposit itself). Aluminum is more subject to corrosion than stainless steel, is not as strong, and is harder to clean. For this reason, we rarely if ever use aluminum chimney liners in our installations.
SINGLE WALL 316TI STAINLESS STEEL LIGHT WALL: 316TI
Stainless Steel is stainless steel with titanium added, which makes this material extremely strong and durable. 316TI Light Wall Chimney Liners are appropriate for use in fireplaces that will not get a lot of use. If you have a gas stove or a fireplace you use only a few times a year on special occasions, this may be a good solution for your chimney relining project. We do NOT recommend this type of liner for use with heavily used fireplaces, and it can not be used with wood or coal stoves. Cleaning is more challenging, and therefore more costly, with this type of liner, because its corrugated ridges provide places for creosote and soot to build up.
316TI STAINLESS STEEL SMOOTH WALL: 316TI
Stainless Steel is stainless steel with titanium added, which makes this material extremely strong and durable. 316TI Smooth Wall Chimney Liners have an inside, smooth layer of material which makes these liners ideal for installation in heavily used chimneys. The smooth interior of these liners leaves much less area for residue to build up, and therefore have a longer life and are much easier to clean.
316TI STAINLESS STEEL HEAVY WALL: 316TI Stainless Steel is stainless steel with titanium added, which makes this material extremely strong and durable. 316TI Heavy Wall Chimney Liners have a double smooth wall and are very rugged and durable. Appropriate for use with any combustible including wood and coal.
RIGID CHIMNEY LINERS: The most durable of all the chimney liners. Because they are rigid, these liners must be built into a chimney from scratch, or used as a "stand alone" stovepipe
THE PROCESS OF CHIMNEY LINER INSTALLATION
Proper installation of a chimney liner is a critical step in making sure it performs its function correctly. This should be done by a licensed professional who has expertise and experience in installing chimney liners on a regular basis. Chimney Champs LLC is certified from Certified Chimney Professionals as a Certified Chimney Professional and Certified Chimney Reliner.
First, the chimney is inspected to make sure it is structurally sound and that it is otherwise an appropriate candidate for chimney relining. Then the appropriate diameter is determined, either by measuring in the case of a fireplace chimney, or by checking the manufacturer's specs and local building codes in the case of furnaces, wood burning stoves, and other appliances. The length of the liner is then determined, and the proper insulation is determined and selected where applicable.
The liner is lowered down the chimney and connected to the firebox or stove or furnace outlet with a connector and metal screws. Then the chimney cap assembly is connected and secured in place. One final check of all of the components is performed to insure the liner is installed securely.
The costs of chimney liner installation depends on the length and complexity of the install, but is always much cheaper than a complete chimney rebuild by many thousands of dollars. Call Chimney Champs LLC today to schedule a free on-site consultation.