As the weather gets colder and the holidays creep up, it is important to ensure that everything in your home is running smoothly so as not to cause any extra stress during these hectic times. With all the parties, shopping, and traveling that the holidays require, no one has time to deal with a chimney that is in need of service. Keep your yule log burning, your chestnuts roasting, and your holiday traditions going with custom chimney services from Authentic Stone Creations of Lexington, Kentucky.
Chimney caps are a must have for any home, especially with winter being right around the corner. Chimney caps cover the top of your chimney and are usually composed of a square of circular wire mesh body topped with a metal plate. Chimney caps cover the opening to your chimney to block water, snow, downdrafts, and animals from entering your home. In addition to keeping things out of your home, chimney caps also block loose embers and ash from landing on your roof to help keep your home safer when you are using your fireplace. There are many different kinds of chimney caps available, some with wire mesh and some without, that come in a wide range of colors, styles, and sizes.
Chimney liners are another incredibly important part of maintaining a safe and functional fireplace for the holiday season. Chimney liners are ceramic or metal ducts that are installed inside the chimney. Liners help direct heat and combustion byproducts outside of your home, keeping the fireplace functioning properly, the chimney safe from corrosion, and your home insulated from the temperatures outside. The type of material used for your chimney liner will depend on the type of fireplace that you have: wood, gas, solid fuel, or oil burning. Chimney liners should be checked whenever you have your chimney serviced by a professional, and should be replaced whenever damage is noticed.
The stonework on your chimney is another area that must be taken care of to ensure that your fireplace keeps running smoothly for the holidays. Because chimneys are held together with mortar joints and bricks, they are susceptible to damage from moisture. Moisture will eventually seep into the mortar joints and corrode the material, which can cause leaks, deterioration, and other damages to your chimney and home if not repaired properly. The crown of your chimney, usually composed of poured concrete, will also need to be repaired after some time to ensure that no weather-induced corrosion has occurred.
Make sure that your chimney is functioning at its very best this holiday season by contacting Authentic Stone Creations. Proudly serving Lexington, Kentucky and all the surrounding areas, Authentic Stone Creations can help with all your chimney repair, liner, and cap needs. With an A+ rating from the BBB and over two decades of experience, our team of experienced masonry and chimney experts have the custom chimney service you need to ensure your fireplace runs smoothly for the upcoming holiday season.