What is a Prefabricated Chimney?
A prefabricated chimney is made from metal and is an alternative to a traditional masonry chimney, which is made from mortar and brick. Prefabricated metal chimneys have been available since the 1980s and are typically used with prefabricated fireplace systems. When it comes time to select fireplace systems for their remodeled or newly constructed homes, homeowners should be aware of the pros and cons of prefabricated chimneys.
The prefabricated type of chimney is less prone to chimney water leaks than is a masonry chimney. However, if it is not properly maintained, the sealant around the storm collars or chimney lining pipes can deteriorate and cause leaks. A leak can also result if the chimney chase cover is damaged. Therefore, annual chimney inspection is recommended to ensure that the system is in peak operating condition.
A prefab chimney is less sturdy than a standard masonry chimney. Even a small chimney fire can damage the structure so regular chimney cleaning is important. Cleaning should be performed annually or more often if the fireplace is used on a regular basis. Only a certified professional should clean the area because this individual knows which techniques and equipment to use. Our certified Portland chimney sweep technicians are experts!
When properly installed and maintained, a prefab chimney and fireplace system will provide years of use. A chimney professional can ensure proper product selection and correct installation. A building inspector will examine the prefabricated fireplace chimney system to verify that it was installed according to local building codes.
Homeowners deciding between prefabricated and masonry chimneys should consult with a chimney professional to help them make a well-informed choice. This individual will inspect the area to determine the proper size and correct type of chimney and fireplace to install. The result will be a safe, reliable system that provides supplemental heating to the home for many years.
Portland Chimney Repair – Service Area
Located right here in Portland, Oregon, our chimney sweep technicians provide the best in chimney services, fireplace installation and chimney inspections in the Portland-Metro area. From NE Portland down to SE Portland, Tualatin and Oregon City in the south, from Pleasant Valley in the east to Beaverton and Sherwood in the west – when it comes to your chimney, fireplace and vents, we hope you’ll call American Chimney & Masonry! We are the most trusted Portland Chimney Repair company!