Chimney liners perform a very important function for your chimney and home. The liner helps protect the masonry of the chimney from exposure to gases an smoke that can cause deterioration over time, as well as preventing the smoke and these gases, such as hazardous carbon monoxide, from entering into your home. Chimney liners come in a few choices of materials, including clay, cement, aluminum, and steel. Here are 5 reasons we recommend choosing stainless steel chimney liners for your home.
A stainless steel liner is made of one continuous piece, which means it will not have any seams that could potentially allow smoke and gases to leak out.
Stainless steel is corrosion resistant, and unlike clay liners, a stainless steel liner will not crack or split over time. This also allows the liner to last much longer than liners made of other materials, which can save you money on replacement costs over time.
Stainless steel is a fairly affordable material. In addition, unlike clay liners, stainless steel liners are fairly easy to install, which means that the installation costs will most likely be less expensive than it would be for clay liners.
Easier to Maintain
Clay liners will have a square shape that matches the shape of the masonry chimney. Stainless steel liners have a round shape, which means no corners and easier creosote cleanup.
Allow for Insulation
In addition to their round shape, stainless steel chimney liners allow room for adding insulation, which can also reduce creosote buildup. By adding insulation around the liner or between the liner and the chimney walls, the temperature in the chimney stays warmer. In the warmer temperature, the smoke and gases are more likely to remain smoke and gases until they exit the chimney, rather than condensing as creosote deposits on the side of the liner. The insulation can also help reduce cold drafts into the home through the chimney when it is not in use.