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Why You Should Consider a Stainless Steel Chimney Liner

Has your recent chimney inspection revealed that your chimney liner is failing? Are cracked or crumbling flue tiles indicating that you’re in need of a new chimney liner? If so, you should consider relining your chimney with a stainless steel chimney liner.

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Why do you need a new chimney liner?

A chimney liner protects your chimney’s masonry and your home. The chimney liner stops heat exchange between your flue and your home’s structure. Without a functioning chimney liner, your home is at risk of a fire. Chimney liners also help protect your chimney from the damaging effects of smoke. Smoke and other particles released by your fireplace are acidic. If they’re allowed to penetrate your chimney’s masonry, those acidic byproducts can cause corrosion. The chimney liner helps to protect from that.

While chimney liners do last a very long time — 50 years or more — they do wear down over time, no matter how well you take care of them. The most common chimney liners are clay tile. Do to moisture and the extreme temperatures your chimney faces, those tiles crack and crumble, or “spall,” over the years. Even metal chimneys can crack or corrode. Eventually, your chimney liner will need to be replaced to keep your home and family safe from the dangers of a fire.

Why should you consider a stainless steel liner?

Chimney industry experts overwhelmingly favor stainless steel chimney liners for a host of reasons. First and foremost, if you’re replacing the liner in an existing chimney, stainless steel liners are easy to insert. By contrast, if you try to replace a tile liner with tiles, walls and portions of the chimney will have to be removed. While tiles themselves are cheaper, there is a huge labor cost involved in replacing a tile chimney liner with new tiles.

Stainless steel liners also add a degree of efficiency and safety. Smoke works its way up your chimney in a spiraling motion. As stainless steel liners are cylindrical, the web link shows smoke to spiral quickly up and out of the chimney. Additional insulation also can be added around the outside of a stainless steel liner, allowing for even less heat exchange between your chimney and your home’s structure. Finally, because they are smooth and round, stainless steel chimney liners are easier to clean. A sweep’s brushes can easily work around the smooth sides of the liner, allowing for the easy removal of creosote.

What do you need to know when selecting a stainless steel liner?

There are some considerations when relining your chimney with stainless steel. You’ll need to make sure you’re choosing the right material and weight for your chimney, as different types of fireplaces and stoves have different specifications. You’ll also need to have a liner that is properly sized for your fireplace or stove, or you’ll face drafting problems in the future.

If you’re considering a stainless steel chimney liner and live around Sacramento, CA, call A to Z Chimney Services! Our experts will help you determine the right stainless steel liner for your chimney, and we’ll get it installed quickly!

Be on the lookout for common chimney problems

Addressing Chimney Problems

Chimneys can bring on some common home maintenance problems. We’ve compiled a list of the most common chimney problems because being aware of a chimney problem allows you to address it early rather than waiting for major damage or a major emergency — like a chimney fire or carbon monoxide buildup — to occur.Common Chimney Problems - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney Services

  • Creosote buildup. The most common, and most dangerous, chimney problem is a buildup of creosote along chimney walls. Creosote is an unavoidable byproduct of a wood-burning fire, and it is also highly flammable. Creosote can cause chimney fires, prevent carbon monoxide from venting properly, an unpleasant smell during warm-weather months and corrosion in your chimney. The only way to prevent serious problems from creosote is to have your chimney swept at least once a year.
  • Chimney obstruction. Chimneys, especially unused chimneys, are susceptible to blockages from a variety of sources. Animals can build nests in chimneys, or make their way in and become stuck. Leaves and twigs can build up in a chimney. A blocked chimney can lead to a chimney fire or cause smoke and carbon monoxide to flow back into your home. Again, an annual chimney cleaning and inspection is the only way to be sure your chimney remains unobstructed.
  • Eroding chimney liner. Most new chimneys are constructed with clay tile liners. The tiles are effective and durable, but they can break down over time from the heat of your fires, a buildup of moisture or acidic fire byproducts like smoke and creosote. Even stainless steel chimney liners can break down over time. A compromised chimney liner allows the heat and smoke from your fires to leach into your home’s infrastructure, which can be a serious fire hazard. Your annual chimney sweeping and inspection can help ensure your chimney liner is in good working order. If it isn’t, there are several easy and affordable ways to repair or replace your damaged chimney liner.
  • Cracked or crumbling chimney crown or chase cover. If you have a masonry chimney, it’s topped with a masonry chimney crown that diverts water away from the flue and helps keep water from running down the outer walls of the chimney. On a factory-built chimney, a metal chase cover serves the same purpose. Because chimney crowns and chase covers are exposed to the elements, they can crack, crumble or corrode over time, requiring replacement. An un-repaired chimney crown or chase cover can lead to major water damage for your chimney or your home.
  • Worn chimney cap. A chimney cap covers your chimney like a little roof, generally supported by a metal case. It prevents rain from running down the interior of your chimney and keeps animals and debris out of your flue. Like the crown or chase cover, the chimney cap can become worn or displaced over time because it’s exposed to the elements. Because of its role in protecting your chimney, a worn chimney cap should be replaced immediately.

When it comes to avoiding or correcting chimney problems, the most important thing you can do to protect your chimney is to have it cleaned and inspected annually. When you call the experts at A to Z, we’ll clear away creosote and debris and alert you of any dangers compromising your chimney. We’re proud to serve Sacramento, CA, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today: (916) 850-2446.

Spring Is a Great Time for Chimney Relining

Early Chimney Relining Scheduling

According to the CSIA, problems in your chimney’s flue can present serious risks to your home and family, because it’s no longer able to perform its primary function: to safely contain and vent the products of combustion to the outside of your home. If your current liner was installed improperly or is deteriorating, it is highly recommended that you either have a new one installed by a licensed professional or have your current liner repaired (if possible). There are several different relining options, depending on both the type of flue liner you currently have and the overall condition of your flue.

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Stainless Steel Liners

The vast majority of newer homes have chimneys with stainless steel chimney liners already installed. These liners come in two different forms: rigid and flexible. The type your technician will choose ultimately depends on the shape of your chimney. A rigid liner will be ideal only for chimneys that are straight with no offsets or bends, whereas a flexible liner is ideal for chimneys that are less than straight. Rigid liners are available in diameters ranging from 3-10 inches, while flexible liners run from 2-10 inches in diameter. A huge selling point for stainless steel liners, in general, is that they come with a lifetime warranty.

Because they resist rust and easily hold and move heat and smoke up through the house and out into the atmosphere, you can expect many years of problem-free use out of stainless liners. Stainless liners are an affordable alternative to most traditional chimney liners. Replacing your existing liner with a new stainless steel liner is a wise choice.


HeatShield is a chimney liner repair system that eliminates the hazards and draft problems caused by gaps, cracks, and spalling in otherwise sound masonry chimneys. It is a specially formulated “cerfractory” coating, which combines the strength of a high-fired ceramic with the heat resistance of high temperature refractory cement to restore the integrity of your chimney’s flue. This restored integrity allows your flue to properly vent hazardous flue gases up and out of your home. Developed in Europe over 20 years ago, HeatShield has been independently tested and has been found to exceed all American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Outlines of Investigation for chimney repair and resurfacing products.

HeatShield provides several options to address varying degrees of chimney liner deterioration:

  1. Joint Repair System—recommended for the repair of defective mortar joints
  2. Resurfacing System—recommended for cracked or spalling chimney liners
  3. CeCure Sleeve Relining System—recommended for chimneys with more serious defects or those that are unlined

Your certified chimney professional will be able to let you know which option is best for your particular job depending on the severity of the identified defects. Each of the available options will help restore your chimney to its original peak level of safety and efficiency in a very timely and cost-effective manner.

There are many reasons you may need to reline your chimney, and you have several options available to you. The CSIA-certified technicians at A to Z Chimney Services will be there with you throughout the entire process. If you suspect there may be a problem with your liner, call us at 916-408-2496 or schedule your appointment online today!

All About Chimney Liners

Chimney Liner Information

Your chimney liner is one of the most critical components of the entire chimney system.  According to the CSIA, problems in your chimney’s flue can present serious risks to your home and family, as it is no longer able to perform its primary function: to safely contain and vent the byproducts of the combustion process to the outside of your home.

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Call the CSIA certified professionals at A to Z Chimney Services for more information about chimney liners, or to have one installed or repaired by our experts. Give us a ring today at (916) 850-2446 or used our contact form to speak with us.