Is your chimney in need of relining services? A job like this needs to be taken seriously and done right, which is why you might be feeling some concern as to who you hire for the job and what types of materials are used throughout the process.

Well, here at Firesafe Chimney Services, we have the tools, training, and know-how to get the job done correctly, efficiently, and safely. And we have the inside scoop on what types of materials would serve you better, too.

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But first… what does your liner do, and why is picking the appropriate liner type important?

Your Liner’s Purpose

Your chimney liner serves a few very important purposes, all of which are imperative to efficient functioning and your overall safety. Your liner:

  1. protects any combustibles and adjacent woodwork from catching on fire. According to tests done by the National Building Specification (NBS), adjacent woodwork could catch on fire in merely a matter of hours when a chimney isn’t lined. Remember that whenever you operate your wood-burning system, you are lighting a fire inside of your home. Without every proper precaution in place, you face some serious risks!
  2. protects your masonry. When you light fires, a lot of corrosive byproducts travel up your flue. The more contact these substances have with your brickwork and mortar, the more they will corrode and break down. In the end, the lifespan of your system will decrease, you’ll be more prone to other damages, and it will be unsafe to use your fireplace until you invest in costly repair services.
  3. increases efficiency. Fumes need to be able to travel safely up and out of your fireplace to ensure you stay safer and your system can draft properly. If your liner isn’t the right size or if it was installed incorrectly, you simply won’t get the heat you’re looking for, and you could find yourself faced with a smoky living space, too.

In the end, it’s well worth it to do your research and talk with a team of Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified sweeps before relining to ensure you’re investing in the most appropriate products for your home. If you live in or near Worcester, give our crew a call at 413-436-7946 with any questions. We’d be glad to help you out!

Why Stainless is Better Than Clay Tiles

Now, clay tiles are a very common type of chimney liner, and if your system is older, then there’s a good chance these are what you have in place. Unfortunately, tile that was installed between the 40s and 70s won’t be able to withstand the higher (and more efficient) heat outputs that newer systems tend to pour out.

Essentially, current models need current chimney systems, which is why stainless steel is always the better bet.

Another thing to keep in mind is that clay tiles are only compatible with wood-burning units, so if you have a different type of fuel, then you’ll definitely want a stainless steel liner in place (which is compatible with all types). Or, if you have a wood-burning system, but think you may switch fuel types or invest in an insert down the line, purchasing a stainless steel liner now will make that transition a whole lot smoother.

Stainless steel is also known for its durability and long-lasting reliability. In fact, all of the stainless steel liners we offer here at Firesafe come with a lifetime warranty, ensuring you’re covered throughout it all. Your liner shouldn’t ever rust or corrode, guaranteeing that lifetime protection you deserve!

Finally, a stainless steel liner installed by one of our CSIA-certified experts ensures you’re up to code, no matter what. Whether or not clay tiles are up to code can be very hit or miss, and even if you’ve recently had yours updated, there’s still a chance you could not be meeting certain requirements.

Any Downsides to Stainless Steel?

So, if stainless steel liners excel in so many ways, why would people ever invest in clay tile repairs over them? Well, the initial costs involved with installing a stainless steel liner will be higher, which is a downside for many. That said, when you look at overall financial impacts over time, it’s important to note that stainless steel requires very little maintenance, while clay tiles need a lot of periodic repairs and relining services in order to function safely and efficiently.

In the end, you could wind up saving money by simply getting something you know will stand strong for the long haul.

Don’t Wait – Now’s the Time to Reach Out!

With the first days of fall still a couple of months away, now is the ideal time to invest in these bigger jobs that you may have been putting off. Talk with us today about your relining options, so you’re all set and ready to go when temperatures drop.

Our crew is professional, experienced, and dedicated to giving you a safer, more enjoyable fireplace experience. Call us now with any questions – we’d love to hear from you!