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Why You Need a Chimney Liner

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If you have acquired an older home with a masonry chimney you might find there isn’t a chimney liner. The overlooked chimney component is no less important than any other part of the system. In fact, the chimney liner is an important part of the chimney system. There are different kinds of chimney liners to choose from and all have their benefits and draw backs.

Chimney Liners

Clay Tile Liners – Clay tile liners are the most common among older chimneys because of their availability and low cost. They work well with wood fires, but cannot withstand the moisture produced by a gas fire. Also clay liners crack, flake, and break apart over time.

Stainless Steel Liners – Stainless steel liners are appropriate for all fuel types and should last the life of the chimney. Bulldog Chimney Sweeps often replaces damaged clay tile liners with stainless steel liners because of their durability as well as the ease of installation.

Golden Flue – Also called a cast masonry liner. The golden flue made up of volcanic rock can withstand high temperatures. In addition, it is extremely durable and long-lasting. This type of lining doesn’t change the size of the flue as a stainless steel liner often does.

HeatShield® Resurfacing System – For damaged clay liners, a certified professional can apply a quarter inch coat of HeatShield® for a durable, smooth liner. HeatShield® is applied by one of two methods: standard resurfacing and joint repair. The finished product is the same regardless of the application process.

The Chimney Liner and Safety

Regardless of the type of liner, it is useless if damaged. The liner’s condition should be maintained and rated for use with your fireplace’s fuel type. The chimney liner serves several purposes, all of which are important to the safety of the home and family.

  1. The liner prevents heat transfer from the chimney to materials in the home. Excessive heat over a long period of time can weaken important structural materials.
  2. The liner protects the home from harmful and poisonous gases and particulate pollution. The porous masonry is designed to help the vapors escape. However, the liner is essential to prevent harmful gases like carbon monoxide from escaping from the chimney and entering the house. Carbon monoxide poisoning can poison your family and particulate pollution can cause respiratory issues that can affect individuals for years to come.
  3. The liner protects the chimney from corrosive byproducts that can damage the masonry. Soot and creosote can become detrimental to the chimney’s masonry. You should have the chimney cleaned on a regular basis so it does not mingle with moisture.

Not only does a liner help your chimney run efficiently, but it is required by most home owners insurance. The professionals know that a chimney is safer and more efficient with a liner.

If you’re suspicious about your chimney liner have it checked by a chimney expert today. Call Bulldog Chimney Sweeps or requesting an appointment online.