Your chimney adds a comforting and inviting look to your home. However, did you know that it’s possible to add even more character to your chimney while also improving your chimney’s performance? The answer is a chimney pot. Chimney pots are wonderful options for homeowners who are looking for the perfect balance of aesthetic and functional. At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we install chimney pots in a wide variety of materials and designs.
Chimney Pot Benefits
Chimney pots work similarly like chimney caps. They protect your chimney flue from precipitation and animal intrusion. This is vital for the life of your chimney because moisture can wreak havoc on your chimney masonry. It can cause erosion and cracks. Keeping your chimney free of debris and animal nests is also essential for good airflow and prevention of chimney fires. Installing a chimney pot keeps your chimney dry and free of debris, which is essential to keeping your chimney efficient and safe for years to come.
A chimney pot will improve your chimney’s performance. A correctly installed chimney pot will prevent downdraft caused by the wind. This means your fires will burn more evenly, and the smoke will vent and exit your home more properly. This also means less issues of smelly downdrafts when your fireplace isn’t in use.
Types of Chimney Pots
One of the main reasons homeowners decide to install a chimney pot instead of a chimney crown is because of aesthetics. At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we install two types of chimney pots: terra cotta clay chimney pots and copper chimney pots.
Terra cotta clay chimney pots are durable and hold water well. In fact, for many years chimney liners were primarily made from terra cotta clay because of its resistance to heat stress. Terra cotta chimney pots come in a wide variety of styles and colors, making them a popular accent to chimney tops. We also install copper chimney pots. Copper pots also come in a wide variety of shapes and designs. However, copper is a much more durable material that will last the lifetime of your chimney, making it a popular choice with homeowners.
Chimney pots can weigh from 20 lbs to 350 lbs. This means it is critical that you know how structurally sound your chimney is before installing a chimney pot. At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we suggest installing your chimney pot right after you’ve had your chimney inspected by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technician. This will ensure that your chimney pot is installed safely and correctly.
Invest in a Chimney Pot
If you want your home to stand out in your neighborhood, why not add an unique accent to the top of your chimney that also protect your home. Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney at 518-767-9315 or schedule an appointment with one of our chimney experts and ask about installing a chimney cap today!