Does your chimney currently have a crown? You may be wondering why this is such an important part of your chimney system and what a crown could do for you. Or perhaps you have one, but it needs repair. No matter your situation, your chimney crown is an important part of your chimney system, and it’s essential to keep it in good condition. If you don’t take care of your chimney crown, it can lead to several larger problems with your chimney. It’s important to understand what chimney crowns are and what you need to do to keep yours in good condition.
What are chimney crowns and their function?
The chimney crown is the top masonry structure of your chimney. It’s made out of brick, stone, or mortar and sits above the chimney’s flue. The purpose of the crown is to protect the top of the chimney from weathering and associated damages. The crown achieves this protection by covering and sealing the top of the chimney’s opening around the edges. It also helps to divert water and moisture away from the chimney, preventing deterioration.
A well-built chimney crown should last many years with proper maintenance. But, over time, it can become weathered and deteriorate from the effects of rain, snow, ice, and wind.
What are the benefits of a chimney crown?
There are many benefits to having a chimney crown. Some of the most important ones are:
- It helps to protect the masonry from weathering and water damage.
- It helps to keep water from entering the chimney and damaging the masonry.
- It can help to keep your chimney system safe by preventing sparks from escaping and causing a fire.
- It can improve the efficiency of your chimney system by directing airflow up and into the flue.
- It can increase the lifespan of your chimney system.
These benefits make it clear why it’s so important to have a well-maintained, functioning chimney crown.
How do I know if my crown is damaged?
If you’re not sure whether your chimney crown is in good condition, there are a few things you can look for. One of the most common signs that your crown needs maintenance is water damage. If you see any evidence of water infiltration, such as staining or efflorescence, the crown is likely damaged and needs to be repaired.
Another common sign of damage is spalling. Spalling is when the masonry on the crown starts to break and flake off. If you see any evidence of spalling, it’s a sign that the crown requires repair.
If you’re not sure whether your crown is damaged, it’s best to have a professional inspect it. An experienced roofer can tell you whether the crown is in good condition and, if not, recommend the proper repairs. Your roof is not something you want left to an amateur.
Here at Mr. Roof, we’ll be more than happy to inspect your crown, perform any necessary repairs, or install a new crown for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.