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Chimney Crowns Protect Your Chimney

Your chimney crown is the area that is around the top of the chimney. Not the chimney cap, that is an attachment that is added to the top of the flue pipe. The chimney crown tops of the masonry walls of the chimney, usually with a wider masonry or cement area. This solid covering stops moisture from filtering down through your brick or stone work in your chimney. It protects the mortar that holds everything together.

There are chimney crown sealants that are able to be applied to a chimney crown that still has structural integrity, but needs to be waterproofed. Larger cracks are filled with high bond patching material and then Crown Sealing in applied over the top of the whole chimney crown. The sealant forms a waterproof membrane between the elements and your chimney. When properly applied these solutions can add up to 15 years to the life of a chimney crown that has begun to wear.

If your chimney crown is showing its age, it may be time to replace it with a new concrete chimney cap before it is too late. Some masons will simply use mortar mix to create a new top for the chimney. Problem is, mortar mix will crack and leak very quickly and is not a weather resistant material. A cement chimney crown that is properly designed to overhang the outside dimensions of the chimney structure is the best solution..

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When your chimney crown becomes cracked or has lost pieces of its original shape it no longer is doing the job that it needs to. Once your chimney crown begins deteriorating and falling apart, it won't be long before serious damage will set in to your entire chimney. It may be worth a visit to your roof once in a while to do your own inspection of the chimney crown. When we service our customers with their annual inspection and chimney cleaning, the chimney crown is a key area that we look at. If there are any defects at all, we suggest a solution to prevent more damage.

Pre-cast or cast in place concrete crowns that are reinforced with steel are good solutions as well. Crowns can even be made of metal or stone. As long as they are water-tight and weather resistant they will work well. The top surface of the chimney crown is constructed so it slants away from the center, diverting as much water away from the chimney as possible. This will avoid water running down over the bricks of the chimney itself.

 

 

 

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