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Two Galvanized Steel Chimney Caps

Do Roofers Install Chimney Caps?

When the winter rolls around, a fireplace is a luxury everyone wishes they had in their home. It’s functional and adds a traditional aesthetic. Most homeowners don’t understand the nuances of the fireplace and its hidden components.

The chimney flue, chimney, and chimney cap aren’t visible at first glance, but they play a huge role in the safe operation of the fireplace. Who installs the chimney cap? Does the roofer take care of it, or do you need another contractor to take care of the installation?

The Chimney Cap Explained

The chimney cap sits on top of the chimney, covering the opening. It prevents exterior elements from entering the chimney, keeping out the rain, snow, and pests. The cap prevents the accumulation of debris in the chimney, reducing fire risk and preventing smoke from entering the home. 

The Types of Chimneys & Caps

You have options when selecting the type of chimney cap and the materials used in its construction. Each has different properties and costs. Choosing the right chimney cap for your home depends on your budget and aesthetic requirements. 

Prefabricated Chimneys & Masonry Chimneys

Most homes built in the 1980s feature this type of chimney. Their synthetic appearance stands out from the conventional brick-and-mortar chimney construction, creating an “off-looking” aesthetic. The chimney manufacturer typically offers chimney caps for the installation.

The masonry chimney features an exterior brick face and is the most common style of chimney found in homes across the United States. This design accommodates several types of caps.

Galvanized Steel Chimney Caps

These caps feature construction with treated steel. Despite their semi-weather-resistant properties, most manufacturers paint them black. They offer the most affordable design but don’t have the same service life as other models. 

In most instances, they corrode and rust, creating a poor visual aesthetic that detracts from the home’s curb appeal. The cap isn’t durable and will usually blow off after a few years under extreme winds and weather conditions. Prices range between $25 to $300.

Aluminum Chimney Caps

aluminum cap on brick chimney

This cap is another affordable option. Like the galvanized cap, these models have poor structural stability. They’re prone to corrosion and damage. The soft aluminum material dents easily, and the lightweight properties of the cap also make it prone to blowing off under high wind conditions. You can expect to pay between $50 to $180.

Stainless Steel Chimney Caps

These caps are the most popular design in homes. They are more expensive than the former materials mentioned above but have exceptional strength and durability compared to galvanized steel and aluminum. They’re weatherproof and rust-resistant. Most units come with lifetime guarantees and require professional installation. These caps cost between $50 to $500.

Copper Chimney Caps

This cap is the most expensive option for your home. It’s around 3X the cost of a stainless steel unit. However, they offer exceptional service life and durability in all weather conditions. Installing a copper chimney cap adds value to your home and increases curb appeal. Like the stainless steel unit, they require professional installation. Prices range between $200 and $1,500.

Synthetic Chimney Caps

These caps feature a design with synthetic, heat-resistant materials and are a popular choice due to their corrosion resistance and long service life. Expect to pay between $350 and $500.

Do Roofers Install Chimney Caps?

Yes. In most instances, the roofing contractor will fit the chimney cap after completing the roofing system. They understand the waterproofing requirements and are fully insured to complete the task. If anything goes wrong during the installation, the homeowners are not liable. 

However, if you’re replacing the chimney cap, you don’t always have to call a roofing contractor for the job. Certified chimney sweeps, handymen services, masonry contractors, and chimney repair companies are also qualified and insured to complete the replacement or repair of the cap. 

When hiring a service to complete the cap installation, it’s vital to ensure you choose a provider that’s fully insured and licensed to do the work. They must have experience working with chimney caps and be capable of installing any cap. 

Professionals have the right tools, such as scaffolding, ladders, and safety gear. Never attempt to install a chimney cap yourself; it’s not a DIY job. Call a professional.

About Prime Roofing

Prime Roofing is a full-service roofing company in Jacksonville, FL that provides chimney cap repair and installation services. Contact us today for any questions or a free estimate at (904) 530-1446.

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