As a professional chimney company, we know about each and every component of a chimney system – and how they’re all supposed to work. But did you know that kind of knowledge can also be very beneficial for homeowners, as well? Especially when your chimney isn’t performing as well or is damaged.

When discussing chimney parts, most people use the terms “chimney cap” and “chimney chase cover” interchangeably. And while both protect your chimney, they are actually two different parts, with two different purposes.

Here at Highpoint Chimney Services, we feel it is our job to equip you with the proper knowledge about your chimney and fireplace, so you can make informed decisions, ensure the safety of your home and loved ones, and enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained fireplace.

What Is a Chimney Cap?

two chimneys with snow on top, one being masonry and one being gray and prefabricatedPicture a chimney cap as a baseball hat or an umbrella. It is installed at the tippy top of the chimney and makes sure the flue, or vent pipe, is properly protected and not allowing any moisture to get in.

But that’s not all. WIth its cage-like appearance, a chimney cap is useful in ensuring birds and animals don’t drop by and set up camp – that warm cave-like structure can be hard for woodland critters to resist!

In addition, chimney caps can help keep embers and other ignited debris from escaping the chimney and landing on your roof.

Unfortunately, chimney caps haven’t always been considered necessary, and many older chimneys don’t even have one installed. Since water can cause severe damage to chimneys and homes, Highpoint Chimney Services can’t emphasize the importance of these features enough.

What Is a Chimney Chase Cover?

A chimney chase cover is generally used for a prefabricated or factory-built fireplace (although they can be used to replace the top of a chimney crown on a masonry chimney too). The chase cover fits directly over the top of the chimney, and seals the entire top of the structure. Above the chase cover, you will still see the exposed flue pipe.

Why do you need one?

You’ve probably already guessed that these are important to have in order to protect against rain, snow, and other significant weather conditions. A chase cover has cross breaks, so water doesn’t collect and pool on the surface. When this happens, you are more likely to experience rust and corrosion.

That’s why we always recommend choosing a chase cover that is made of a strong, durable material that is also prone to rust. We recommend either stainless steel, aluminum, or copper.

Can I Install a Chimney Cap or Chimney Chase Cover Myself?

We understand that there are a few reasons why one might consider doing this type of job themselves. Maybe you’re thinking you want to save some money or that this job is easy enough for you to tackle alone. But we always recommend you trust a certified chimney technician when it comes to chimney and fireplace maintenance and repairs.

Here’s why:

  • a chimney with a chase cover and a pointed, roof-like chimney capSafety: Working at heights without the proper tools and safety equipment isn’t just risky – it’s downright dangerous. Not only do chimney technicians come equipped with all of the proper tools and gear, they are trained in safety protocols to minimize the risk of injury or accidents on the job. 
  • Expertise: Chimney technicians have undergone extensive training to become certified in the industry. So, they have in-depth knowledge of all the different chimney systems, and they know how to properly assess the unique requirements of your chimney. 
  • Proper Installation: Speaking of unique requirements, each chimney has specific measurements needed for proper chimney caps and chimney chase covers to be installed. If they aren’t secured or installed correctly, this could lead to much more expensive repairs later on. 
  • Proper Inspection: While installing chimney caps and chase covers, a chimney technician can also provide a thorough inspection of your chimney system to ensure there are no other problems that may require further repair. You can rest assured that your fireplace is safely and efficiently burning all winter long. 

Need Help With Your Chimney Cap or Chimney Chase Cover? We’ve Got You Covered

Whether you’ve got more questions about chimney caps and chase covers or you’re ready to get one installed, Highpoint Chimney Services is here to help. With over 20 years of experience in the industry – and with all of our technicians being Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified – you will enjoy peace of mind knowing your chimney and fireplace is in the hands of experienced professionals who prioritize safety and functionality.

So contact us today at 908-864-4114 or schedule an appointment right here on our website. We look forward to serving you and providing the highest level of chimney care.