Rust on side of chimney structure, what can it mean??

If you see a lot of rust running down the side of your chimney or have a bunch of rusty stains,  it may mean you need to replace the metal cover on top.

We get calls especially after rains about hearing dripping in the wall behind the fireplace in a 15yrs old and older homes with pre-fab fireplaces.  The metal will get small holes from rust and allow water to slide through and drip in the structure of the chimney pipe.

This is a chase top that was VERY rust. the dents are from when someone put the plastic sheeting on top to prevent rain.  They were kneeling and the metal broke through.

this is looking down the chase and you can see where water has dripped on the fire guard which is metal inside the structure.

Here is a new “Color Clad” chase top installed.  The material is same as the metal roofs you see on homes in the area. It a 35 yr material and the color is applied the factory. We install a lot of them in this dark bronze looks which make the top look nice and new, plus the darker color help with dirt dust and stuff that can discolor lighter colors.

Our cap have a cross break to create a slight height to the cover which help prevent ponding water. Plus the edges are fashioned with a 30 deg turn in metal to create a drip edge vs a raw cut edge where water can wick behind and create wood rot.


give us a call to get yours done.. Prices start at $675 for color clad and $575 for galvanized material and of course Stainless Steel for $875.


  • Carl’s Corner

    Carl Newton: WolfPack Fan,
    Carolina Hurricanes Fan,
    Carolina Panthers Fan

    Summer is a time for picnic, fun at the beach and birds in the chimney. If you are having an issue with birds, please let them be till they are flying out of the chimney. We can come and clean the mess out, is there is a lot, and put a cap on to help prevent the return.

    ALso, if you had another chimney sweep company come out to clean or check your chimney and leave you with a report that says you need thousands of dollars worth of repairs please give us a call.

    A lot of the thing they "recommend" are to bring your chimney up to 2018 code standards which is not necessary unless you are doing major repairs on the chimney or it is being torn down and rebuilt.


    PS, If you have gotten a quote for chimney repairs, ie.. you need a chimney liner -liner work, parging smoke chamber etc. or you have been told "you might burn your house down" stuff, that seem HIGH give us a call and let see what we can do for you.

  • Woodburning and gas burning fireplaces. Are they ready for winter.

    Is your Fireplace or Gas Logs ready to go.. If not or for a service give us a call.

    In a power outage a fireplace or gas logs may be your only form of heat so make sure they are working in top form. Give us a call to set up appt 919-772-8110

    have a good week

    PS: if you do NOT have a Carbon Monoxide detector and you have gas logs.. GET ONE.. NOW... I recommend the combo CO / Smoke battery powered detectors at Lowe's Home depot or most hardware stores..

    If yours are over 10 yrs old replace it.. (there's a date on back) If there is not a date of manf on back GET rid of it.

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