Many people don’t know that the difference between a chimney and flue is that the flue is a part of the chimney, or it can be a stand-alone component of other appliances. The chimney is the entire structure, while the flue is the shaft that runs up the chimney and vents smoke and combustion byproducts from a fireplace or wood-burning stove. Chimney liners are the external structure of the flue, and they need to be cleaned periodically and replaced eventually to keep your chimney working safely.
What Is Chimney Relining?
Chimney relining is the process of removing old, deteriorating chimney liners and replacing it with a new one. This is done because an old liner that is cracked or broken is a hazard – failing to fix it puts your home and family at risk. When you find that it is time for a new liner, there are several options to choose from, and a professional can help you select the proper one for your chimney.
There are multiple types of metal liners available, but stainless steel is the best. These liners offer some of the best fire protection and often come with a lifetime guarantee. They tend to be more expensive up-front and often are more costly to install, but, for many people, it is a worthwhile investment in the long-term safety of their chimney.
Clay Tile Liners
Clay tile liners are the traditional favorite, and will more than likely be what you are replacing when you reline your chimney. When clay tile liners are installed correctly, they easily last over 50 years, as long as they are properly cared for. This means that you must make sure you have routine maintenance and cleanings done. If they’re not done, those clay tiles can deteriorate more quickly than you want them to and pose a safety risk to your family.
Cast-in-place liners are made of poured cement and are often preferred in situations where an existing clay flue needs to be shored up. They usually last many decades and provide superior resistance to the build-up of creosote. Cast-in-place liners also have the best insulation of any type of liner.
Call the Experts at Champion Chimneys for Flue Cleaning Today!
Champion Chimneys, Inc. is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured chimney service company that has been serving customers in Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland since 2001. Our team is trained and certified by Certified Chimney Professionals, Inc. (CCP, Inc.). Courteous service is our trademark, and our crews arrive on time in uniform, driving fully equipped trucks. We specialize in all aspects of your chimney system. Whether you need chimney and flue cleaning service or a full chimney rebuild or inspection, contact us at 443-Chimney today and let us fix all your chimney problems. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.