Chimney caps do one simple thing: they keep stuff out of your chimney. From moisture, to leaves, to animals, you don’t want anything coming into your chimney. It should be a one-way street. Chimney caps are vital to chimneys, keeping out water and preventing damage caused by moisture. Chimney caps often have spark guards that protect your roof from hot embers. But although chimney caps perform one primary function, there are a few varieties you should be aware of as a consumer. Today, we’ll review the different types of chimney caps to help you decide which is best.
Shelter Chimney Cap
Shelter chimney caps do exactly what you’d think; they protect your chimney from the elements. There aren’t many bells or whistles on this type of chimney cap. Still, it will get the job done for a majority of people. If your chimney already has a chimney cap, it is most likely a shelter cap.
Draft-Increasing Chimney Cap
When it comes to chimneys, you might think drafts are a bad thing. The opposite is true. When referring to a chimney’s draft, we don’t mean the cold air sneaking into your home in the winter. Instead, we mean your chimney’s ability to direct smoke and air out of your home.
If you have concerns about your chimney’s draft, deciding what chimney cap to purchase should be easy. Draft-increasing chimney caps, or wind-directional caps, utilize the wind to strengthen your chimney’s draft.
Every now and again, severe wind can seriously damage Maryland. Especially if you don’t have sufficient trees to break the wind around your home, you might experience severe downdrafts in your chimney. You might think that high-wind caps are especially resistant to damage from wind. That’s not quite the point of this kind of chimney cap. They protect winds from entering your chimney and causing a harmful backdraft.
You may have experienced some damage to your chimney cap as a result of Maryland’s occasional hurricanes. Hurricane chimney caps, also known as storm caps, are the solution. They do what you thought high-wind caps might; they provide extra fortification against extreme weather. Each chimney cap has its own perks. For the majority of homeowners, a shelter cap will do the trick. But if you have extra needs, we hope this helps you to decide what chimney cap is best for you.
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