Learn More: Chimneys and Their Caps

Metal Roof Top Chimney

Prefab Chimney example

Modern homes often include prefabricated fireplaces. These fireplaces connect to prefab chimneys. At its most basic level a prefab chimney is a metal pipe that runs up past your roof and allows exhaust gases to exit your home. There are many ways to tell if you have a prefabricated chimney. The easiest way is just to look. If, roughly over your fireplace, you have a metal pipe coming up out of your roof and you do not see a brick chimney then you have a prefab chimney. Also, you can look inside your fireplace. If the top of your fireplace is connected to a metal pipe then your chimney is going to be a prefab chimney. A prefab chimney does not need a flue liner and only connects to one appliance. This is why modern homes often have multiple steel pipes visible on their roofs.

Prefab chimneys require a specific style of chimney cap dependent upon the type of piping used for the chimney. Pipes come in essentially two varieties; Solid Insulated or Air Cooled. If your chimney looks like a larger pipe with a smaller pipe inside and has an open gap between the two pipes then it is air cooled. For air cooled pipes be sure to use a cap designed to allow that air flow to continue unhindered. Solid pipes can use standard caps.

Caps & Options for Metal Roof Chimney

vacustack chimney cap

Vacustack Cap

The Vacustack Cap provides unparalleled protection from wind induced down drafts. It is available for both solid pipe and air cooled chimneys.

Weather Shield Cap

The Weather Shield Cap protects your metal pipe chimney from the elements and from critters looking for a home. The Weather Shield is available for both solid pipe and air cooled chimneys.

Home Saver Cap

The Home Saver Cap protects your metal pipe chimney from rain, snow, and even nesting birds. This cap includes a diamond mesh screen and is available with 3/4" and 5/8" mesh.

Chimney Surround

Our Chimney Surrounds take your 'rocket-ship' looking chimney and give it a beautiful faux masonry appearance. The surround comes with a chase cover but not with the termination cap.

Metal with Chase Chimney

Prefab Chimney example

Some pre fab chimneys have either a 'faux' masonry look or a chimney with siding on it. These prefabs are often called stick chimneys. If you have a stick chimney then be sure you also have a chase cover on the chimney. A chase cover takes the place of a masonry chimney's crown. It prevents water from getting into your home through the flat top of the chimney. If you do have a stick chimney then you may be able to completely hide the unsightly metal of your chimney by using a decorative shroud. A chimney shroud, while possibly increasing protection from the wind and rain, is primarily added to a chimney for its aesthetic value. We offer many custom shrouds and can even make a shroud to match the decor of your home.

Caps & Options for Metal with Chase Chimney

Decorative Shroud

A decorative shroud hides the utilitarian look of a metal termination cap. We offer a variety of shrouds and can even manufacture completely custom designs.

Chase Cover

A chase cover protects your stick chimney from the elements. We can custom manufacture chase covers in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes.

vacustack chimney cap

Vacustack Cap

The Vacustack Cap provides unparalleled protection from wind induced down drafts. It is available for both solid pipe and air cooled chimneys.

Weather Shield Cap

The Weather Shield Cap protects your metal pipe chimney from the elements and from critters looking for a home. The Weather Shield is available for both solid pipe and air cooled chimneys.

Home Saver Cap

The Home Saver Cap protects your metal pipe chimney from rain, snow, and even nesting birds. This cap includes a diamond mesh screen and is available with 3/4" and 5/8" mesh.

Masonry Chimney with Flue

A masonry chimney can have multiple clay lined flues. Each flue will connect to one appliance: a fireplace, a furnace, a woodstove, etc. For single flue chimneys the most popular solution is a multi flue cap.

Multi flue caps mount to either the top of the chimney crown or to the side of the chimney. The Chimney Champion is one of the best known names in the multi flue cap market. It comes in a variety of sizes and can come in copper or stainless steel. It covers all of the flues and provides an enduring and great looking top to any style of masonry chimney. One option for masonry chimneys that provides a unique additional benefit is a chimney damper. The chimney damper operates as a cap in protecting the chimney and its liner from rain and corrosion but also has an additional benefit. The chimney damper can be completely closed when the flue is not in use. This prevents any down draft of cold air into the home. While many chimneys do not have a problem with down drafts if yours does then a damper can solve this problem. If you have downdraft issues when using your chimney then one of our Vacustack caps may help. The Vacustack is designed to stop outside airflow patterns from forcing cold air down your chimney. Although they stop the wind from influencing your chimney, they won't stop drafts caused by a negative pressure differential between your home and the outside air.

Caps & Options for Masonry Chimney with Flue

Single Flue Cap

Our single flue caps can be an economical alternative to covering your entire chimney crown. These caps are available in stainless steel, galvanized steel, or copper.

Decorative Shroud

A decorative shroud provides some additional protection from the elements while adding greatly to the aesthetics of your chimney. Available in custom designs.

Chimney Champion

The Chimney Champion multi flue cap offers complete protection for your clay flues and your chimney crown. It is available in stainless steel or copper.

Clay Chimney Pot

Clay pots provide protection for your flue while adding an enduring architectural element to your home. Clay pots are available styles from modern to medieval.

Chimney Damper

Chimney dampers provide a tight seal at the top of your flue. This prevents the elements and critters from entering your chimney. Dampers prevent flue drafts.

Copper Pot

Copper chimney pots are available in a variety of finishes. They offer great protection and high aesthetics for your chimney.

Masonry Chimney no Flue

Chimneys with no flue liner can be capped using either a single flue cap with mounting brackets or a multiflue cap. Both of these caps will provide the needed protection for your chimney from the elements. If you are looking to help prevent drafts when your chimney is not in use then one of our dampers may suit your needs.

Whether you choose to use single flue caps with mounting brackets, a multi-flue cap, or a chimney damper, you can add one more item to your chimney to give it a more regal appearance. A decorative chimney shroud can be a great addition to the architectural elements of your home. A shroud covers the top of your chimney and hides the cap from view without interfering with the path of the chimney exhaust. Shrouds come in a variety of styles. A 'House' style shroud adds a watch tower look to your chimney. An 'Open Top' shroud finishes off your chimney with a strong termination point. And finally a 'Mailbox' shroud adds a regal arch to the top of your chimney. If one of our designs does not meet your needs then a custom designed shroud can be made to match your home perfectly.

Caps & Options for Masonry Chimney no Flue

Chimney Champion - Hip and Ridge

The Chimney Champion multi flue cap offers complete protection for your clay flues and your chimney crown. It is available in stainless steel or copper.

Single Flue Cap

Our single flue caps can be an economical alternative to covering your entire chimney crown. These caps are available in stainless steel, galvanized steel, or copper.

Cap & Damper

Chimney dampers provide a tight seal at the top of your flue. This prevents the elements and critters from entering your chimney. Dampers prevent flue drafts.

Decorative Shroud

A decorative shroud provides some additional protection from the elements while adding greatly to the aesthetics of your chimney. Available in custom designs.