When most people think about roof repairs, they think about roof replacements or damaged shingles. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about their chimney. Even fewer people think about their chimney caps. However, the chimney cap is a vital device that, with proper maintenance, can provide years of lasting protection for your chimney and fireplace. So, let’s take a look at 3 reasons to prioritize a chimney cap repair.

Chimney Caps Are Inexpensive

Chimney caps are not very complicated. They are just coverings that are fixed on the top of your chimney. Most chimney caps are made of a steel or copper mesh. They vary in style and design based on your tastes and the dimensions of your chimney.

On average, brand new chimney caps cost about $60, plus the labor to install them. In short, they are one of the least expensive parts of your roof to repair or replace. This is especially important when you consider the function of a chimney cap.

Chimney Caps Serve a Vital Purpose

Chimney caps are designed to protect your fireplace, flue, and the inside of your chimney from water, debris, and even animals. This may sound relatively unimportant, but when you consider the potential consequences of having a damaged chimney cap, replacing or repairing it will seem much more tempting.

Rainwater and other debris can cause untold damage to your chimney over time. Moreover, if a raccoon or similar animal is able to get into your home through your chimney, they will cause even more damage to the rest of your house. An inexpensive chimney cap can end up saving you thousands of dollars in home repairs by keeping water, debris, and animals out.

Chimney Caps Prevent Devaluation

For many people, a house is not just a place to rest their heads at night. A house is also a long-term investment that can appreciate or depreciate in value. If you don’t keep up the maintenance on your house, it could fall into disrepair. Unfortunately, houses can be very expensive to maintain. However, a chimney cap is one inexpensive way to add value and prevent future devaluation.

Though a chimney cap does not add a lot of value on its own, it does stop devaluation by preventing damage to your chimney and fireplace. While this may not seem like a huge concern now, it could be when it comes time to sell your house. A damaged chimney or fireplace will cost thousands of dollars to repair. The burden will either fall on you or the person who buys your home. In any case, you will either have to pay for the repairs or drop your selling price to account for the damage.

So, rather than go through this headache and lose out on thousands of dollars, simply maintain your chimney cap. It usually takes less than an hour for a professional to install a brand new one. This makes chimney cap replacement a quick and easy way to keep up the value of your home.

If you’d like to learn more about repairing or replacing your chimney cap, contact the experts at Brickworks Property Restoration today!