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Should I Add A Fireplace & Chimney To My Home?

Fireplaces add warmth, comfort, and a pleasing ambiance to any living space, so it’s not surprising that people wish to have them in their homes. Unfortunately, many places nowadays are being built without them. There are easier and more efficient ways to heat a home today.

Having said that, many prospective homeowners want to purchase a home with a fireplace already installed. There’s no doubt they increase the value of a property, and they truly offer a lot to those living inside of the home. Along with being an alternate heat source, they create an unbelievable aesthetic, particularly during the holiday season.

Finding The Right Company

Should I Add a Fireplace & Chimney to my Home - Auburn AL - Top Hat Chimney SweepsIf you’ve been thinking about adding a fireplace to your home, we say go for it! It’s a great investment and one you and your loved ones can enjoy for many years to come. Having said that, there are a few considerations to make before moving forward. First, you have to find the right company to work with. At Top Hat Chimney Sweeps, we’re confident that we can help you out.

Why are we the team to work with? Our staff is CSIA trained and certified making us more than qualified to handle anything you throw our way. We take advantage of various educational opportunities and do everything we can to ensure we’re doing the best we can for our outstanding customer base.

We’ve been in business for over 30 years, so you can rest easy knowing we definitely know our stuff. When you work with us, you’ll get everything you’re hoping for and more! When you invest in a new fireplace, you deserve to have it turn out just like you imagined. We’ll give you the fireplace of your dreams in no time, listening to you every step of the way to ensure we get it right.

Going Over Your Choices

Once you’ve decided your home is ready for a fireplace, it’s time to explore your options. For example, would you prefer a masonry fireplace or a prefabricated one? Many love the genuine brick used in masonry setups, but we’ll have to ensure your home has the proper support before getting started. Prefabricated fireplaces on the other hand are less expensive and easier to install, and we’ll have more freedom as far as where it can. We can work with you to figure out what will work best.

Along with this, you’ll have to decide if you prefer one fuel type over the other. We’ll go over the pros and cons of everything involved in this process, so that you can feel confident about the decisions you make. Before you know it, you’ll be all set with a great-looking and well-functioning fireplace!

Depend On Us For Maintenance, Too!

Once your fireplace is installed, it’s important to invest in maintenance like annual inspections and regular sweepings. We can help you with all of that and more! Worried about cracks, holes, or deterioration? We’ve done repair work all throughout our service area, and we’re certain we can get you up and running again in no time. Count on our crew for it all!

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What Is A Chimney Cricket?

Why You Might Want a Chimney CricketIf you know anything about masonry chimneys, then you know that water exposure can trigger a lot of decay and deterioration. If things start to break down, you’re looking at some serious issues, one being that you may even be at risk for a settlement or collapse! That’s why it’s important to invest in preventative maintenance from the very start.

Some parts of your chimney are more vulnerable to water damage than others, which is why extra protection may be needed. Take your flue, for example. Chimney flues have big openings that rain and snow can easily fall into. When this moisture enters your chimney, it wreaks havoc on the liner and interior system. Luckily, chimney caps can be placed over the flue, offering that extra protection necessary for keeping your fireplace in great shape.

This is also true for other parts of your chimney, like your brickwork. Bricks are very absorbent, which is why many choose to invest in waterproofing services. These services, along with crown repair, flashing installation, and more, all play a big role in keep your chimney safer and more efficient.

Where Your Roof & Chimney Meet…

One area that many forget about it is the spot where the roof and chimney meet. Since your roof and chimney are made from different materials, they expand and contract at different rates, giving water an easy pathway into your home and chimney. Many invest in flashing, which is a great way to keep out water, but sometimes flashing on its own just doesn’t cut it.

In cases where the chimney is more than 30 inches wide and located on a steep roof, a cricket is recommended to further prevent potential water damage. So, what is a cricket? Well, it’s a device that is slanted on both sides and can be installed right at the base of your chimney, where it meets your roof. This ensures the water slides down and away from the chimney, rather than pooling up and causing rust, rot, mold, decay, and more.

Knowing whether or not a cricket is necessary for your home can be difficult. Luckily, our experts are here to help out homeowners all throughout Auburn and its surrounding areas! If you’re concerned about water damage and leaks, let us look things over, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. We’ll set you up with the equipment you need, and we’ll patch up any cracks, holes, and other damages along the way, too.

Our CSIA Certified Team Is On The Job!

The team at Top Hat Chimney Sweeps is extremely dedicated to providing the best services available all throughout our service area. We earn and maintain various certifications, and we are always looking for educational opportunities to help us do a better job year after year. If you’re ready to work with the best of the best, give us a call now!

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