Installing a chimney liner is an important step in protecting the masonry of your chimney and keeping your home safe from combustibles catching fire around your chimney.
And if you don’t already have one, a chimney liner helps increase efficiency by increasing draft and reducing the amount of creosote build-up in the structure. Creosote is a toxic by-product of burning and can adhere to the interior of your chimney, restricting the airflow needed for an efficient burn. Creosote build-up can also catch on fire, spreading throughout your home as heats up combustibles around your chimney.
Installing a chimney liner also protects the masonry of your chimney, reducing the need for extensive chimney repair. Without a chimney liner, the masonry is subjected to the toxins and moisture in the byproduct of the combustion gases which will lead to white efflorescence, spalling brick, and deterioration of the chimney. This can result in expensive rebuilds.
There are three types of chimney liners you should consider:
Cast-in-place chimney liners are a smooth and seamless option, which requires little demo of the actual chimney. This can only be done to repair existing chimney clay flue tile liners. It is a great option which minimizes your cost and restores the inner chimney.
Metal chimney liners, like a stainless-steel flue liner, are often used to repair or upgrade chimneys. Metal flues — which also can be made of aluminum for hot water heaters— are extremely durable and safe. Many times, the original damaged flue tile must be removed in order to fit the new steel liner. A chimney insulation is then poured around the liner to meet standard fire codes.
No matter the type of chimney liner that’s right for your home, installing a chimney liner is often far less expensive than the damage caused by long-term neglect. Chimney liner installation cost is simply much more economical than risking having to rebuild your entire chimney.
At Chimney Heroes, we can assist you with installing a chimney liner, whether you reside in Albany, Niskayuna, Malta, Ballston Spa, Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs, or any of the surrounding areas. To learn more about why you should have a chimney liner, contact us today.