Factory Built Chimneys
A “factory-built chimney” is one that is manufactured in a factory and assembled at the home site. They are not of solid construction like masonry chimneys and contain airspace between the flue and the exterior walls of the chimney.
Factory built chimneys are basically kits that are assembled, rather than constructed from scratch, at the home site. Their flues are generally made of at least two metal flue pipes made of aluminum or stainless steel, one inside the other and separated by an insulating material. Some have a third metal shield around those, separated from the two inner pipes by airspace. With the use of the proper standoffs and shields, they can be put through walls, floors, and roofs.
Factory built, prefabricated chimneys offer an economical, non-masonry option for adding a chimney to an existing home. Both types of chimneys require annual inspections and cleanings to keep them safe and functioning properly.
If you picture a fireplace and chimney in your mind, odds are you’re thinking about traditional masonry: brick and mortar. Traditional masonry fireplaces have stood the aesthetic and functional test of time. The beauty of a masonry fireplace in a historic home is hard to deny,
Island Wide Chimney Services love working with traditional masonry fireplaces, and if you’re considering installing one in your home, We can help. We will go over all your options, from fuel to design, and help you choose the best fireplace and chimney for your home, needs, and taste.
Although metal fireplaces have been replacing masonry ones in recent years, they cannot compare to real masonry chimney for time-honored quality and beauty. If you are thinking of having a new masonry chimney built in your home call Island Wide Chimney Services.
Chimney Lining and Relining Systems
Relining is the most practical and affordable way to repair deteriorated or damaged chimneys. Chimneys can be damaged by a number of things such as settling, water, and lightning but the most common form of chimney damage is a chimney fire. In addition to chimney damage, older chimneys may be unlined or their liners may be deteriorated to the point where relining is warranted.
Types of Liners
This method of relining involves installing a round or oval stainless steel liner in the chimney. The liner can be either rigid or flexible; flexible liners are used for chimneys with offsets. Stainless steel liners are used mainly for woodstoves and some types of furnace installations.
This method is similar to stainless steel, but the liner is made of aluminum. Aluminum liners can only be used to vent certain types of gas appliances. II) B-Vent Chimneys or double wall chimneys are commonly used in new houses or to work with new mid-efficient furnaces. (III) Flex Liners- Sometimes Flex Liners are necessary to go around offsets in chimney’s or chimneys that are not straight. Top Gun Chimney Service installs all types of chimney liners as required in each particular circumstance.
Used mainly in old construction, this method of relining may be suitable or necessary for short, straight chimneys.
If you have any doubts about your chimney give us a call. If your chimney is in need of relining, we will recommend the most practical and economical method for your chimney. Our technicians have the experience to recommend and install the right liner for your home.