There are multiple elements a property’s roof consists of, including the thousands of homes across the UK which have a chimney. Whether you have an active fireplace or not, it’s vital that you consider the condition of your chimney stack and how it affects your home. Chimney capping is something many choose to install to help prevent a variety of issues from occurring. But what is this feature and what benefits does it offer? Here’s everything you need to know about chimney pot capping.
What Is a Chimney Pot?
To understand more about the role of capping, it’s important to know what the purpose of a chimney pot is. As an extension of the top of the chimney, it’s attached to the flue and is vented at the open end to create a better draft, helping to keep a fire burning when it’s lit within a property. They’re also installed to help remove hazardous fumes more easily. Chimney pots can be seen in many different shapes, including octangular, square and round designs.
The Importance of Chimney Pot Capping
Chimney pot capping is sometimes known as a ‘cowl’ if a fireplace is active. Attached to the top of the chimney pot, capping solves a number of issues that can occur when a property has a chimney. Common signs your chimney stack needs work includes feeling downdraughts through your fireplace or birds, debris or rain coming down your flue. These problems usually indicate your chimney pot is missing, displaced or has been damaged. Capping your chimney pot can help prevent these issues, keeping out anything which shouldn’t be in your flue. You can even choose cowls which have been designed for a specific purpose, including anti downdraught features and those fitted with bird guards.
Should You Have Capping Installed?
Some think you only need a chimney pot cover if you’re experiencing issues, but others like to install it as a preventative measure after conducting their Autumn roof checks. This can save time, money and stress further down the line, knowing your chimney pot is protected without affecting its ventilation if having a cowl fitted. Those chimneys not in use should consider capping, helping to protect the chimney stack from damage where wind, rain and snow have helped them deteriorate over time. For those worried about capping affecting the aesthetics of their roof, you can find many high quality products in terracotta, as well as other designs which blend in perfectly with your traditional chimney stack. Many homes in Kenley, Caterham and Banstead often need chimney caps replaced.
Do you need chimney pot capping fitted?
Here at Collier Roofing, we provide expert roofing services across Surrey, London and surrounding areas, including to homes and businesses in Whyteleafe and West Wickham. As part of our tailored chimney services, we offer comprehensive repairs, inspections and chimney pot capping on all types of stacks. To speak to our friendly team about your roofing needs or receive a free, no obligation quotation, get in touch.