There are three main reasons why you may need a chimney liner: if your chimney doesn’t have clay tile chimney liner, the clay tile is damaged and if you need additional safety especially when you are installing a new heating unit.
When you need a new chimney liner you should contact a chimney professional to come and install it. If your old liner has been damaged the professional should be able to undertake a chimney inspection and find out the faulty areas that need to be addressed.
Categories of chimney liners
There are three categories of chimney liners that you can go with: heavy, high performance and light. The heavy category is the thickest and strongest and the most expensive. Your chimney liner professional should choose the most ideal category to install.
To ensure that you are on the same page with the professional, you should ask him/her why he/she has made the choice. Before you part with your money to buy the liner the professional should give you a solid reason why he/she made the choice.
You should note that stainless steel liners may have to be insulated for them to fit the chimney flue. To do this the chimney professional may have to remove the existing clay flue tiles. To avoid misunderstanding you should enquire about this beforehand.
Guide to buying chimney liner
As mentioned, you should work closely with your chimney expert when installing the chimney liner. It’s also recommended that you buy the liner while in the company of the expert. If the professional isn’t around and you have to buy the liner on your own, you need to be cautious and ensure that you buy the right one.
One of the factors that you should consider is the size of your flue. Before making the purchase you should take the flue measurements and ensure that the liner you buy is the right size. You should note that buying a smaller liner might result to smoke getting back to your house thus making the house uninhabitable.
To get a refund in the event the liner develops problems, you should buy chimney liners that have a warranty. You should note that these liners require that they are installed by a certified chimney contractor.
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