Want to make your worn out chimney new again? The easiest and most affordable way to make this happen is to have it relined by the technicians at The Fireplace Doctor. If your chimney has been damaged by the normal wear and tear that comes from being exposed to the elements, or if a hurricane or chimney fire has threatened its structural integrity, getting it relined could make all the difference.
Older chimneys may not have a liner, but building codes established after 1940 require homes with chimneys to have liners installed. The traditional liner of choice is clay tiles, but modern technology has paved the way for stainless steel liners that are simple to install and come in a variety of rigid or flexible designs.
There are numerous reasons to reline, varying from necessary upgrades to damage control following an accident. Here are a few of the most common reasons our customers have had a new chimney liner installed:
- To repair damage incurred from chimney fires, lightning storms, earthquakes, or hurricanes.
- To upgrade unlined chimneys in homes that were built before 1940.
- To replace deteriorated liners that could be letting smoke or water damage affect the chimney’s structure or the home itself.
- To re-size the chimney for a new appliance.
- To prevent creosote buildup that is risked when venting a wood stove through an existing chimney.
Liners come in multiple types to fit all kinds of chimneys. Here are a few of the types of liners offered at The Fireplace Doctor:
- Stainless steel. This liner can be made to be rigid or flexible, depending on your chimney’s needs. Flexible liners are typically installed in chimneys with offsets, and stainless steel liners are usually used for wood stoves.
- Cast-in-place. Typically used for older chimneys, this method applies a masonry material around the bell of the chimney in two coats to resist moisture and corrosive substances.
- Aluminum. These are used to vent gas appliances, but it is important to note that gas logs can’t be vented with aluminum liners.
- Flue tiles. Used in new construction, flue tiles work best in short, straight chimneys.