With rusty chimney caps, that ole saying “You Get What you Pay For” is still true as we see here!!

We were called to give a quote on a rusty chase/chimney top replacement several year ago for a home in Garner. Somewhere along the line they decided to go with someone that gave them a lower cost quote to replace the old rust chimney cap, or as we call them the chase top for a house was built in the ’90’s.  This is what we found when we were called back to find out why they were hearing water dripping behind the wall..

SO let tell the story of the how and why and what with chimney top replacements.


We see a lot of the original  chase top that over the years that due to wind, sun, rain, leaves and especially pine straw the original protection of the thin galvanized coating starts to wear off overtime.

here you see rust has started down staining the vinyl siding below, also note the the heads of the nail show rust as well..

these tops has standing water issues which is common on these premade chasetops we see on chimneys during construction.


These are some rusty chase tops, chimney caps we took off an apartment complex in Garner earlier this year. The tenants could hear water dripping inside the walls. If left for a while can cause a lot of rotten wood around the prefab fireplace below the chimney top.

Having been in business in the Raleigh, Garner, Cary, Clayton NC, and surrounding areas since 1992 we pride ourself on doing a good job with quality materials for a fair price,  making sure we create a long term relationship with the homeowner for many years. (we have some clients that use us for over the past 20 yrs!!)

SO… getting back to the house in Garner we visited some 3 yrs ago and revisited last week and this is what we found.  (the roofers were there so there is a lot of other stuff on top of the chimney cap area that is normally not present.)

chimney cap, chase top

its a bit hard to see but the corners are not well made.. You will be the difference when you see how we do it later in this post. 🙂

the house has vinyl siding on it and the side skirts should come down below the vinyl to keep water, sun etc from damaging the wood over time. You can also see how the metal is not neatly bent and we don’t use nail which can rust over time. (stainless steel screws)

here we see the chimney cap is sitting on the metal chase cover and notice the gap there.


so here is what it looks like on top of the chimney when the “Termination cap” is removed. (it the square metal thing the smoke exits out of during use.) These “idiots” did not install a collar to prevent water from just pouring down the inside of the structure. It a dam shame some folks do not have a moral compass and do this type of crappy repair on unsuspecting folks whom are older in this case..

When we make a chimney chase replacement cap they are made to high standards of quality and workmanship by a local sheet metal shop.


Our cap can be made of Galvanized, Color Clad, Stainless or Copper. Pricing runs from galvanized as cheapest to copper as most costly..   We find the “color clad” product is a better value vs galvanized and stainless steel and we can get color clad in different colors. Like Dark bronze we use a lot, off white, grays etc to compliment your trim.


here you can see a stark difference in workman ship with the chase chimney cap.

chimney cap, chase cover for chimneys

So the morel to the story is ask more questions about the company you are looking at. How long have they been in business, do they have insurance, do they have a website to show past jobs and we take picture of stuff when done to show off and let the client know the job is done and done right..


If you have rust showing or running down the side of your chimney give us a call. 919-772-8110 and Karen will set that up.








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    Sarah and Will Gilfillan

    Owning and operating Chimney Keepers for 27 years has been a very rewarding experience, and we have enjoyed the relationships we have built with our customers. We are now starting a new chapter and are selling the business to one of our Technicians. Though we will miss the many relationships and friendships we have built over the years, Karen and I are looking forward to traveling full time in our Airstream as we explore the nooks and crannies of North America.

    We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Will and Sarah Gilfillan, who will be taking over Chimney Keepers as of March 30, 2020. Rest assured, Will has been well trained (by Carl!) and is very competent, with nearly four years of experience in the gas log/fireplace/ chimney service industry and over ten years as a firefighter. Sarah, the Office Manager/wife is a fast learner, and will do wonders in assisting you with scheduling appointments and answering questions. It was important to us to find a good fit for our customers, and we feel confident that you will find Will and Sarah to be knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.

    Thank you for your business over the years. It was my distinct pleasure to have been of service to you, and I wish you continued success and prosperity in the years to come.

    Sincerely, Karen and Carl Newton

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