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The Common Types Of Chimney Liners

The chimney often serves as the centerpiece or "heart" of the home. Wood and gas pump through it to provide heat during the cold times, and it acts as a gathering place to enjoy the comfort of your family. It is also very important to choose the right lining for your chimney to stay happy and safe. Here are types of chimney liners you can use:

Clay

These are the most common type. One benefit of clay is that they are low cost. They are also readily available in most locations, meaning you don't have to wait or go through a hassle just to get them shipped to you or your contractor. They perform very well in chimneys where there is an open fireplace (assuming it is properly maintained).

There is a disadvantage to clay tiles, however. Firstly they do not absorb heat quickly or distribute heat very evenly when the temperature rapidly rises. This is because they are a ceramic product. This can mean that the uneven expansion from the heating will cause the tiles of the flue to crack and then split apart. Of course, if your chimney is cracked, then it needs to be repaired before being used again. 

Metal

Metal chimney liners can be another great choice. They are usually made of aluminum or stainless steel. They are mainly used to upgrade or replace existing chimneys. They are known to be very safe and durable if properly tested. Stainless steel is great for gas, wood burning, or oil uses. Aluminum is cheaper, and should be used only for certain gas applications. These kinds of liners are typically required when high temperature will be an issue in order to ensure performance and safety.

Cast-in-place

These types of chimney liners are very customizable, as they are cast in place. This means you can choose to shape them however you want to achieve a variety of solutions. They are also lightweight.  The end result is a smooth, insulated, and seamless path for the gases in your flue to pass through. They can even help support the structure of older chimneys, and act as permanent lining that can handle all kinds of fuel that you use or your fires.

Various materials are available for your chimney lining. Different ones have ups and downs depending on your needs. If you want flexibility, or durability, or maximum safety, then make sure to evaluate the types of chimney liners mentioned above and consider your specific needs at this time. Visit Chimney Repair from Top Hat Chimney Sweeps and Repair for more information.


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