The clay tile liner on this
chimney is clearly visible.
Does a clay flue tile mean
the chimney has a safe lining system? LEARN MORE
About Chimney Liners
Unlined chimney: bricks are visible when looking down the chimney; CLICK PHOTO to enlarge; chunks of bricks and mortar are missing, leaving this chimney unsuitable for use.
A clay tile liner should extend the length of the chimney interior, and protrude above the mortar crown, as shown above.
Used in new and old chimneys, a liner not only provides safety and reassurance, it also brings your chimney up to today's fire and building codes.
A flue lining of a chimney is defined as "A clay, ceramic or metal conduit installed inside of a chimney, intended to contain the combustion products, direct them to the outside atmosphere, and protect the chimney walls from heat and corrosion". The liner's purpose is to keep carbon monoxide, moisture, smoke, creosote and other products of combustion from seeping through the bricks and mortar of your chimney and leaking into your home.
LINERS IN CHIMNEYS SERVE 3 MAIN FUNCTIONS:
The liner protects the house from heat transfer to combustibles.
Liners protect the masonry from the corrosive byproducts of combustion. The flue gases, which are acidic in nature and literally eat away at the mortar joints from inside the chimney. As the mortar joints erode, heat transfers more rapidly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide can leak into the living areas of the home.
Liners provide a correctly sized flue for optimum efficiency of the appliances being vented.
TYPES OF CHIMNEY LINERS
Stainless steel chimney liners are an inexpensive alternative to rebuilding a chimney and is less expensive than other chimney lining/relining methods. Corrugated and flexible, a stainless steel chimney liner is generally installed from the top of the chimney. It is suitable for use with fireplaces, wood stoves and for oil or gas furnace flues.
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You will need a chimney lining system installed when the original clay tile liner was either never installed, or when the tile lining cracks, crumbles and deteriorates over time. Water damage, chimney fires, moisture from the appliances or age can cause the deterioration of your clay liner.
We offer installation of all types of chimney liners, however, varying methods and materials will dictate the most suitable choice for each chimney repair. Aluminum liners, for example, are only suitable when being used to vent particular classifications of gas appliances.
Although they're the least expensive, terra cotta flue tiles are less durable and are the most labor-intensive to install, so this is rarely the best option for chimney repair.
We offer the following types of chimney lining & relining services:
» Stainless Steel
>> See the installation of STAINLESS STEEL chimney lining system
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