Add Style to Your Chimney with a Copper Chimney Cap or Shroud
A chimney cap may be considered an accessory, but it is something no chimney should be without because of important benefits provided. If you choose to install a copper chimney cap. You get much more than a functional topper. Copper caps add a beautifully striking effect to any rooftop. Chimney shrouds, useful for non-masonry chimneys, are practical additions but also add aesthetically pleasing architectural flare.
Decorative rain shrouds are often built to protect chimneys which utilize rain pans. These are standard only in non-masonry chimneys, but the rain pans tend to rust quickly. Rain shrouds slow down the deterioration process but also provide a decorative effect which adds character and value to a home.
Copper Chimney Caps
There are various materials to choose from when purchasing a chimney cap, such as stainless steel and aluminum. Copper chimney caps surpass all other material types and are top of the line. There is an undeniable beauty to copper chimney tops, whether they are left alone to develop patina, a green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, as a result of natural oxidation or whether polished routinely.
There are numerous benefits to installing a copper chimney cap as opposed to a cap constructed with a less expensive material. Advantages afforded by a copper chimney top include:
- The aesthetics of copper chimney caps far exceed the look of caps made with other materials. The copper adds an elegance and architectural beauty that makes a rooftop a sincere pleasure to behold.
- No maintenance is required on a copper chimney cap. Although many homeowners opt to preserve natural luster with regular polishing. The beauty produced by oxidation, the maintenance-free look, is every bit as striking.
- Copper is resistant to heat. No matter how extreme the outside heat or how high the temperature in the chimney flue, copper chimney tops aren’t damaged.
- Copper is incredibly durable; a copper chimney cap will last for decades. Copper caps withstand extreme weather conditions, whether bitter winter cold or harsh summer heat.
Chimney caps can be fully customized to fit specific chimneys, but there are also many sizes, shapes, and styles of prefabricated chimney tops available. Whatever style you choose, the most important feature to include is a chimney topper with wire mesh that will keep critters from crawling down the flue and wreaking havoc of all kinds.
Chimney caps serve the important function of preventing rain from pouring down the chimney flue. Since moisture in a chimney causes all sorts of damage requiring repairs that are usually expensive, the investment in a chimney cap makes sense. As far as functionality, it doesn’t matter whether you get aluminum, stainless steel, or copper chimney cap. For that added aesthetic appeal, however, you can’t beat a copper chimney top or a decorative rain shroud.
If you would like more information about the many styles of chimney tops available or to order a custom-made chimney top or chimney shroud, contact our chimney professionals. We are also available for chimney inspections and any other needs you may have related to venting systems in your home.
Northeastern Chimney, Inc
37 Cody Street, West Hartford, CT 06110