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Stainless Steel Chimney Liners

Chimney liners are typically made of aluminum, stainless steel, or clay tiles. Although all three materials can be long-lasting when properly cared for, they are not all intended for use with all fuel types. Generally, stainless steel is the best and most durable choice, regardless of fuel type and will be able to stand up to the abuse of combustion year after year. Stainless steel liners are designed to be especially resistant to corrosion and often come with a lifetime guarantee when professionally installed. At Bulldog Chimney Sweeps, we specialize in the installation of high-quality, durable stainless steel liners, and can get your chimney working safely and efficiently in no time.

Why Would My Chimney Need Relining?

There are several reasons to reline a chimney, including:

  • Water-damage – Water is responsible for a great portion of chimney damage and can seriously deteriorate a chimney flue regardless of flue type. If a clay tile liner is exposed to water, it can develop cracks and holes, which will cause serious structural, safety, and efficiency problems. If a metal liner (especially an aluminum liner) is exposed to water, the water can eat holes into it, significantly decreasing the efficiency and safety of the entire chimney system. There are many possible ways for water to enter the chimney system and reach the liner, so it’s important to have your chimney system regularly inspected for leaks or weak areas. If your system is well-maintained and regularly inspected and cleaned, water penetration should not be a problem and your liner should last you a long time.
  • Fire-damage – Chimney fires can cause serious damage to a flue liner, which may result in the need for replacement. Many chimney fires are as a result of creosote buildup or flue obstructions. Both issues can be easily addressed and controlled through regular inspections and sweepings, but if neglected, both can lead to serious structural damage and health hazards.
  • Flue Resizing –Appliances and flues must be appropriately sized so that they can function safely and efficiently together. When changing an appliance, it is vital that you have your flue evaluated for compatibility. It may be necessary to install a new stainless steel liner for sizing purposes.
  • Fuel Changes – Changes in fuel type may require a change in flue type. For example, if you are switching from a gas-burning appliance to an oil-burning appliance, you may not have a liner that is designed to safely contain the by-products of combustion. In this case, it is safe to go with stainless steel, as it is able to stand up to the by-products of all fuels.
  • Efficiency – Many masonry chimneys suffer from heat loss and inefficiency, which can be incredibly frustrating to homeowners. However, with the addition of a stainless steel liner, the efficiency of the entire system can be boosted and you can keep money in your pocket.

When Should I Choose Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is a great choice if you’re looking for a durable and high-quality chimney liner. Because they are designed to work well with all fuel types and appliance types, you may want to choose stainless steel liners if there is any possibility that you may change your fuel or appliance type in the future. Stainless steel is also ideal for chimneys with clay tile liners that are beyond repair. Opting for a stainless steel liner in this situation saves the homeowner from paying for a costly rebuild.

Protect your family and home by investing in a stainless steel liner – call Bulldog Chimney Sweeps, today or click here to schedule an appointment online!


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