You may have heard the term flue lining — but are you aware of why having the proper lining for your chimney is essential to your and your loved ones’ health and safety? Although widespread use of chimney liners became popular in the early part of the 20th century, many homeowners with chimneys do not realize how essential flue lining is to the chimney structure’s integrity.
Here we will briefly discuss the importance of having the proper lining for your chimney.
The 3 Types of Chimney Liners
There are three primary types of chimney liners currently available. Each liner has advantages and disadvantages when compared to one another. These are the most popular types of chimney liners:
Clay Chimney Liner
Clay tiles are the most popular type of liner. They are relatively inexpensive and readily available. Their performance in a well-maintained chimney is excellent. Unfortunately, clay tile chimney lining can not absorb heat as fast as other materials leading to uneven heat distribution. This can cause damage to the clay tiles and the existing chimney structure. Clay can also not properly contain liquid combustible byproducts produced by gas appliances and gas-powered fireplaces.
Metal Chimney Liner
Metal linings are manufactured either using stainless steel or aluminum. When installed properly and maintained regularly, metal liners are very safe and durable. Stainless steel is the superior of the two and can be used for wood-burning and gas fireplaces, as well as oil-powered appliances. Aluminum is best suited for low to medium gas applications. High-temperature insulation can also be used in combination with the metal lining to increase performance and safety. Metal liners can cost considerably more than their clay counterparts.
Cement Chimney Liner
Cast cement chimney liners are lightweight and installed on a chimney’s interior to form a smooth, seamless passageway for residual gasses. Oftentimes, insulation is utilized to further their performance. Cement lining can be very challenging to install, and pricing could be excessive depending on your chimney.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Properly Installed Chimney Liner?
There are many benefits to the installation of a liner in your chimney. Liners reduce heat damage that can structurally damage the construction of the chimney. They also assist in the disbursement of gases that result from the combustion of materials such as wood. Finally, a chimney liner brings added safety to you and your family. By maintaining the chimney’s structural integrity and reducing gas build-up, a functioning liner can prevent house fires and the concentration of gases that will jeopardize your family’s health and welfare.
Above All Chimney & Masonry is a leading provider of chimney repair services in Bucks County and the surrounding areas. With over three decades of experience servicing chimneys in the community, All Above Chimney & Masonry brings unparalleled knowledge and expertise to our field. If you require chimney repair services, contact us today! One of our team members will be happy to assist you with scheduling an appointment for us to come out and inspect your chimney.