Proper venting of smoke and gases is critical to your chimney’s operation and the safety of your home’s occupants, and a working flue lining affords the extra protection you need. In fact, many local fire codes now require liners.
While different liner options are available, whether you’re installing a new chimney in your Dallas home or need a liner for an existing chimney, stainless steel varieties offer eight important benefits for you and your property.
Upgrade an Old Chimney
If you have an old fireplace, it will likely have a clay tile liner. While these tiles are good at withstanding high heat, they can crack over time, and repairing or replacing damaged tiles can be difficult and expensive. Instead of a costly undertaking, a stainless steel liner can be inserted inside the flue to bring your chimney up to today’s safety standards for a lot less.
A stainless steel liner is also less expensive to maintain over the long term. 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.
Stainless steel flue liners can be either rigid or flexible, so they can be installed in any shaped chimney, even in one with bends. They come in different thicknesses and strengths, depending on your needs. They can also be used for different types of appliances, such as fireplaces and wood stoves. And they’re suitable for fuels ranging from wood to gas.
Improve Your Fireplace’s Safety
Older unlined chimneys or those with damaged liners can pose a safety risk to your home’s occupants by allowing dangerous gases and smoke to seep into your living space or attic. A stainless steel liner is an important step to protect you and your loved ones from these hazards. Plus, the liners lower your chances of a chimney fire by reducing the accumulation of creosote, which is highly flammable.
Boost Your Energy Efficiency
A chimney liner is needed for optimal performance. With a liner, you’ll have a proper draft, which will improve fuel efficiency. Plus, even when you’re not using the fireplace, a liner will prevent downdrafts from cooling your living spaces and raising your heating bills.
Ensure Easier Cleaning
Ideally, you should have your chimney cleaned at least annually, especially before the onset of colder weather when the heating season gets underway. In addition to checking the exterior of your chimney and the firebox, you or any professional GA chimney sweep you hire should clean the liner as part of your routine maintenance. Stainless steel liners are significantly easier to clean than those made from clay tiles and they collect less creosote, making the job faster and less messy.
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.
Extend the Life of Your Chimney
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.
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. Plus, insulation helps maintain a better draft during use and even reduces cool downdrafts when there’s no fire.
If you need a liner as part of a chimney repair, consider a stainless steel option for the job. The liners offer a range of benefits that will keep your fireplace operating efficiently, safely, and less expensively.
Stainless Steel Chimney Liners Are Safer
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.
A stainless steel liner is the safest material available because it won’t develop cracks the way clay tile liners do. The liner is completely sealed, protecting your home from harmful creosote, carbon dioxide, and smoke.
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