Need A New Chimney Liner?
The liner is an essential component of any working chimney. However, many homeowners don’t realize the importance of keeping their chimney liner in good condition. Your chimney liner protects your masonry from long-term damage and also helps protect against chimney fires. Chimney liners are typically made from clay tiles or metal and cover the masonry on the inside of your chimney.
Chimney liners typically last anywhere from 15 to 50 years, and they do need to be replaced periodically. Here are some of the signs that you need a new chimney liner and how to choose the right one for your needs.
Do I need a new chimney liner?
The easiest way to determine if you need a new chimney liner is to have your chimney professionally inspected. A professional chimney sweep will be able to spot problems that you might not have noticed on your own and determine if you need a new chimney liner.
If you live in an older home that doesn’t have a chimney liner, you’ll want to consider installing one. Chimney liners will help keep your fireplace in good condition for years to come and minimize the amount of necessary maintenance.
If you already have a chimney liner, you’ll likely need to replace it after an extended period of time. Metal chimney liners can warp or corrode over time, and clay tile liners can develop cracks or even break into pieces. Once the chimney liner is damaged, it won’t be able to effectively protect your masonry from heat and smoke and should be replaced.
You also will need to install a new chimney liner if you decide to update your fireplace. For example, if you are converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas or installing a new insert in your hearth, you would need to install a new metal chimney liner.
What type of chimney liner do I need?
There are a few different types of chimney liners to choose from. Most new chimney liners are made from stainless steel or aluminum. These liners are easy to install in many different types of chimneys, and they are also very effective at protecting your chimney from damage. However, they don’t last quite as long as other liner options – most last about 15 to 20 years.
Clay tile chimney liners have been a popular option for decades. These liners are affordable and they last longer than metal liners – usually around 50 years with regular maintenance. However, they are very difficult to repair if any damage happens. Ultimately, you’ll need to consult with a professional to determine which option makes the most sense for your home.
Expert Chimney Liner Repair and Relining
If you need to install a new chimney liner or repair an existing one, Mercer County Chimney Service can help. Our professional chimney sweeps provide service throughout Mercer County, New Jersey.
Give us a call at (609)-802-5288 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.