Advantages Of Stainless Steel Chimney Liners
There are three main types of chimney liners—the cast-in place liner, the clay tile liner, and the metal liner. When installing a metal liner for our customers in the Hudson Valley, we typically recommend that they choose an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed stainless steel chimney relining system. We’ve seen time and again the way these liners allow us to give new life to unlined or damaged chimneys that would otherwise have to be rebuilt.
A stainless steel liner primarily serves these three purposes:
- Keeps your chimney from catching fire
- Keeps your chimney masonry protected from the corrosive byproducts of fire
- Creates the perfect-sized chimney flue for optimal venting and speedy removal of toxic byproducts
Is My Chimney A Good Candidate For A Stainless Steel Liner?
If your answer to any of the following three questions is “yes,” then a stainless steel liner may be a fine solution to your chimney problems.
1. Is your existing chimney unlined?
If yours is an old masonry chimney, there’s a good chance that it was never lined, as chimney lining has only been mandated for safety reasons over the past few decades. An unlined chimney is extremely dangerous and can quickly lead to deteriorating mortar, improper drafting, exhaust leaks, and chimney fires. Meanwhile, a stainless steel liner acts as a protective shield between your chimney masonry and the smoke and toxic gases that flow through your chimney.
2. Is your existing chimney liner cracked or damaged?
If your chimney’s liner is old and made of clay or ceramic tiles, there’s a good chance that the tiles have crumbled or cracked over time, as a result of settling, temperature changes, water-damage and/or chimney fires. These cracks can allow smoke and liquid creosote to settle into your chimney’s mortar and even into your living space. Installing a new stainless steel liner over the damaged one may be a good alternative to tearing down your existing chimney and rebuilding.
3. Does your existing chimney have a liner that’s too large or too small?
A too large liner may mean improper clearance from combustibles. Improper clearance may lead to unpleasant smells, smoke flooding into your living space, and excessive creosote build up. It’s also possible that your chimney’s liner is too small for your appliance. Our technicians can determine your chimney’s ideal flue size and install a stainless steel liner in exactly that size so you can enjoy not only more fire protection but also more efficiency.
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