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Chase Covers, Storm Collars, and Custom Shrouds

Manufactured or factory-built chimney systems are an increasingly popular choice for many homeowners. Their low cost, ease of installation, and lessened maintenance needs make them an excellent alternative to traditional masonry fireplaces. However, it is important that all manufactured chimneys have a chase cover to protect the flue from the elements.

What is a Chimney Chase Cover?

Chase Covers, Storm Collars, and Custom Shrouds - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of MichiganThe chimney chase is the structure built around the flue of a manufactured chimney. They typically consist of same materials as the rest of the house such as wood siding, shingles, bricks, or stone.

The chase cover is made of metal such as galvanized steel, copper, or stainless steel. Chase covers fit on top of the chimney chase and protect the top of the flue. Their design keeps water, debris, and animals out of the flue while still allowing the chimney to vent hot air, smoke, and gas.

Is the Storm Collar Different Than the Chase Cover?

The terms storm collar or chimney chase cover are sometimes used interchangeably. However, the storm collar is a different chimney component than the chase cover.

The storm collar covers the area where the chimney pipe exits the roof. Typically considered part of the flashing, the storm collar prevents water from entering your home and affecting the roof, building materials, or chimney components.

At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, we often recommend simultaneously replacing the storm collar and chase cover. In addition, replacing the storm collar after roofing repairs prevents leaks. Our storm collars are made in the USA of either 20 oz copper or galvanized steel.

The Importance of Quality Chase Covers

The quality of the chase can affect how long it lasts and how well it protects your chimney against water damage. A high-quality, well-fitted chase cover is one of the most valuable parts of the chimney and can help prevent water damage, leaks, chimney blockages, and animal entry. Our durable chase covers come with a lifetime warranty to give homeowners additional peace of mind.

Shrouds vs Chase Covers

Shrouds and chase covers serve the same basic purpose – the protect the chimney against moisture and the elements. However, their designs are different, as they custom fit to each individual chimney. Likewise, shrouds also help cover more of the chimney chase itself, protecting the flue and keeping the elements out. Since they are illegal in some areas, it is important to check with local codes before purchasing or installing a chimney shroud.

At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, we offer a variety of designs and models to meet all the wants of our customers. Homeowners can choose from either top mount or inside mount dampers to find the perfect shroud for their home.

A quality chase cover, storm collar, or custom shroud can protect your manufactured chimney from the elements – and improve the curb appeal of your home. For more information about installing a new chase cover for your home, contact us today!

Let Paint N Peel Do The Hard Work!

Even a beautiful fireplace can seem dated if the surrounding masonry is dirty. However, cleaning masonry can be a work-intensive, time-consuming process that requires the use of harsh chemicals. Likewise, painting the fireplace may cover the staining but permanently changes the masonry.

Homeowners now have an alternative to spending hours scrubbing their fireplace’s masonry. Paint N Peel gives homeowners the ability to quickly and easily remove years of staining from smoke, ash, and soot from their masonry without using harsh chemicals.

What is Paint N Peel?

Let Paint N Peel Do The Hard Work - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps of MichiganPaint N Peel, a Chimney Saver product, can be used to remove masonry staining without damaging or changing the original color of the underlying bricks and mortar. With a formula specifically designed for removing stains caused by smoke and soot, Paint N Peel helps the natural masonry shine.

Paint N Peel vs Other Cleaning Methods

Paint N Peel differs from other masonry cleaning methods. First, it does not use harsh chemicals. This is beneficial when cleaning interior masonry as it will not affect the air quality in your home or cause breathing issues for those with allergies or asthma. Likewise, its easy to apply formula eliminates the need to spend hours on end scouring and scrubbing.

Power washing removes stains from exterior masonry and causes significant damage to bricks and mortar. While this cleaning method may remove stains, the extreme pressure from the water can cause serious damage to the masonry. Paint N Peel is effective at removing stains without damaging the underlying masonry.

Many homeowners choose to paint their masonry when it becomes stained. While this covers the stains, the paint will irreparably cover the brick; this will prevent you – and any future owners of your home – from enjoying the natural masonry, as well as affect the naturally porous properties of the bricks.

How Paint N Peel Works

Paint N Peel is fast, effective, and easy to use. A thick coat of the product is applied to the stained masonry using product-specific brushes. This covers every nook, crevice, and cranny of the bricks and mortar. The Paint N Peel then cures and sets for between 6 and 12 hours.

As it dries, the Paint N Peel forms a nontoxic film that easily peels away from the masonry. When peeled away, the product will also remove years of staining and leave the masonry looking restored to its original beauty.

.Paint N Peel can be used on masonry both inside and outside your home. However, there are some restrictions. The product should only be applied when the temperature is between 45 and 95 degrees. Therefore, only use Paint N Peel on exterior masonry during the milder months of spring and fall.

You don’t have to live with a dirty fireplace or stained chimney. To restore the natural beauty of your masonry, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan to schedule your next appointment or to learn more about Paint N Peel!

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