Professional Chimney Service of Michigan

Chase Covers

High-Quality Chase Cover

Call for a Free estimate. We specialize in High-quality chase covers at low competitive prices. Our chase covers are custom made to fit your chase cover. Our chase covers are made with Cross Breaks, Side Skirts, Drip Edges, Collar and Storm Collar for Proper Water Run-Off! And are always made with thick 20 Gauge Steel!!! 

A vital element of a working chimney is a chimney chase cover. A chimney chase cover is a fixture that fits over the top of a framed chimney chase to keep the weather, critters and debris out. This protective piece fits over the top of your chimney similar to the lid on a shoe box. It is very important to have a chase cover in good condition because a malfunctioning or deteriorating chase cover could result in severe problems for the interior of the chimney chase. Galvanized chase covers will last about 8 to 10 years.

Near the end of their life, the condition of your chase cover can cause serious damage. The rusting of the galvanized top will discolor the sides of the chimney chase. With the rust also comes the deterioration of the cover itself. This often leads to the middle of the cover sinking a bit and accumulating water, leaves and other debris. The rust and additional stress on this cover causes the top to weaken. Cracks and holes can develop that allows for water to seep into the structure. This can cause damage such as rotting any wood framing, severe rusting and deterioration in the firebox, carbon monoxide leakage, mold, and other structural damages including damage to the sheet rock and finishing materials. If you have a zero clearance fireplace with a pre-fabricated chimney, it may have come with galvanized chase cover. These covers can rust quickly. Don't wait to replace these protective covers that if deteriorated can result in serious damage to your chimney system.

Chase covers are made from various metals, each with varying degrees of durability. Galvanized, stainless steel and even copper are the materials of choice. Our Covers Are 20 Gauge!

Leaking Water? We can find it and repair it!

If you're leaking water we are trained to find it, either by basic visual inspection or water test, call us today to set up your free estimate. We also offer water tests to make sure we find the exact leak/leaks!

Water Test

A test that looks to find the source(s) of a roof or chimney leak. We use a standard hose to focus water on possible trouble areas within the home or chimney area.

Leaky Chimney

Chimney masonry repair in Westland, MI

Chimney Rebuilds and Masonry Repair

Temporary repairs are the common solution to a failing chimney, but a better choice is chimney rebuilding. Many homeowners tend to neglect their chimneys; so when problems become apparent, it’s often too late for simple repairs. The best option then is tearing down and rebuilding the chimney.

Mortar crumbling, infiltration by water, exposure to the elements, frequent use, time, and lack of preventative maintenance will make a chimney vulnerable, calling for major repairs if not a complete chimney rebuilding. Repeated and/or improper chimney repairs and chimney rebuilds are also major causes of chimney rebuilds. A chimney’s lifetime depends on climate, usage, construction, and maintenance.

Restore the safety of your fireplace system with chimney masonry repair in Westland, Michigan. When replacing a chimney, the bricks must be set on a stable base, then piled up to the correct height to facilitate optimum air drafting. Regular maintenance, including a waterproofing protection plan, will need to be performed to maximize the chimney’s lifespan.

Chimney rebuilds include set up with scaffolding in many cases, tear down and disposal, and rebuilding to code. The most common chimney rebuild classifications are:

  • Partial chimney rebuilds: Conducted for small chimneys with no scaffolding or the top sections of a large chimney with the addition of a new crown.
  • Roof line up chimney rebuilds: Conducted when significant mortar and/or brick deterioration has set in beyond the ability of a tuckpointing repair. The chimney is torn down to the area of the flashing by the roofline, and then the top of the chimney is rebuilt a new crown is added.
  • Total chimney rebuilds: Conducted when the chimney is leaning, severe mortar deterioration has occurred, severe brick spalling has set in from the ground up, etc. The outer brick layer of the chimney is torn down, and a new crown is added. In most cases, the firebox, hearth, and smoke chamber are not removed.

A chimney crown is a cement slab at the top of the chimney that provides protection for the masonry underlying it. It protects the top of the chimney starting at the fire clay flue liner and protrudes over the chimney’s edge, or drip edge.

Many masonry chimneys have crowns that are built inadequately, though. Such crowns are not built from a specialized mortar but from common mortar mix, which is used to lay the chimney’s bricks. This mortar is not designed to withstand extended exposure to harsh weather conditions, so it will crack, chip, and breakdown. This degradation allows water to penetrate the chimney, causing the need for chimney repairs and rebuilds.

Along with a properly built crown, a waterproofing agent can be applied to the chimney’s masonry to help preserve its structure and prevent the need for repair. The agent is vapor permeable, allowing the chimney’s masonry to breathe out, but not in. Water or moisture from within a house is allowed to escape, but water from outside is prevented from entering.

If a chimney suffers severe damage, a chimney rebuilding will likely be necessary. Proper construction and regular maintenance will prevent its need, though.