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Stainless Steel Liner Vs. Cast In Place

Your chimney liner is one of the most important parts of your system. It protects the masonry from corrosive materials and gases. It also protects your masonry and home from extreme temperatures and acts as a perfectly-sized flue for venting your fires properly. Chimney liners are made of many materials, ranging in cost and ability.

For older chimneys, you may have a clay tile liner that needs to be replaced. Your chimney may have a liner that isn’t appropriate for the type of fuel you’re burning. You may have a new unit that needs a newly-sized flue. Whatever the reason it might be, you can count on the team at Magic Sweep to help you pick out the best liner for your chimney.

Stainless Steel Liners

stainless steel chimney linerUnlike clay tile or aluminum liners, stainless steel is appropriate for all fuel types. It is the most durable and long-lasting liner on the market. However, they are more expensive than other options.  They are the only liners that last forever and will never need to be replaced. In order to install a stainless steel liner, the old one need to be removed, which is a lot of work. The team at Magic Sweep is dedicated to helping you install a stainless steel liner, if this is the option you go with.

Cast In Place Liners

If you’re looking for a relining option that doesn’t require a tear-out, it is possible with a cast in place liner. With a cast in place liner, we use a special material to cast a new liner directly over the old one. This process fully restores the chimney flue for safe and proper use. At Magic Sweep, we use Supaflu Chimney Systems, which is safe for all fuel types. They are also designed to insulate your chimney and seals all cracks and pores in your existing liner.

Replacing Your Liner

In order to determine what type of liner you’ll need for your specific chimney, first you need to schedule a level 2 inspection. This inspection is a detailed assessment of the flue, which gives the professionals a in-depth look at the entire flue interior. The shape of your flue help us determine if your system is a good candidate for cast in place or another option.

Your Liner as a Priority

Your chimney liner is an important part of your chimney system, and it should not be neglected. This is true for an oil or gas furnace too. The best way to protect your liner, no matter what type of fire you burn, is to pay attention to the appliance. At Magic Sweep, we provide maintenance to gas appliances. We also repair flues on a regular basis for gas, oil, and wood fires systems. Your liner is an important part of your chimney system, and it’s important for us too!

Call Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online for the #1 choice for chimney, air duct, and dryer vent cleaning in the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area.

The Importance of Chimney Relining

Your liner is one of the most important part of your chimney. The liner has many important jobs, and it requires regular maintenance to function properly. When your liner wears out, it requires professional repairs or even a relining to restore it. However, in order to find the damage you must stay on top of your routine chimney inspections.

Common Liner Damage

The Importance of Chimney Relining - Chesapeake VA - Magic SweepChimney liners become damaged over time with worn out clay tiles, crumbling joints, and deteriorated lining systems. Animal intrusion, creosote buildup, and water damage are the most common causes of liner damage, and our chimney sweeps are experienced in diagnosing and repairing these problems.

Many older masonry chimneys have old and deteriorated clay tiles, and they may not have a liner at all. When this is the case, the system need to be relined. In some instances, the liner just needs minor repairs. It’s important to hire a professional for these repairs, and they can fix it swiftly and correctly.

Why Repair the Liner

Your chimney liner has an important job to do. It protects the house from heat that can weaken adjacent woodwork to cause an accidental fire. It protects your masonry from corrosive byproducts that can shorten the life of your chimney, drop its efficiency, and raise fire risk. A correctly-sized liner provides the flue with optimum airflow, efficiency, and safety. A relining is especially essential after a new installation to ensure the flue is the right size for new capacity.

Relining with Magic Sweep

In the past, the best solution for chimney relining is to pull the old liner out and replace it completely with a stainless steel liner. Stainless steel is the best option due to the durability, and it is safe for use with all fuel types. Because of the durability and dependability of stainless steel, they are the only liner with a lifetime warranty. The downside of stainless steel is the cost.

However, we do have other options as well. Our cast-in-place liners allow our customers to pay less money and get the same protection. If you’re interested in a cast-in-place liner, you should schedule a level two inspection right now with our chimney experts. Call Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400. Are you a realtor or property manager? We can work with you as well.

Options for Relining Your Chimney

One of the most essential parts of your chimney and venting system, a chimney liner protects your house from heat transfers to combustibles, protects the masonry work of your chimney from the corrosive byproducts of combustion, and provide a correctly sized flue for your heating appliance. Over time, your liner begins to deteriorate and crack, which can cause a couple of hazards. Toxic gases like carbon monoxide can leak through the cracks into your home, and your home is at a higher risk for a devastating chimney fire due to the lack of protection from the high heat that passes through your chimney. If your chimney liner is damaged in any way, it is time to reline your chimney, and Magic Sweep has a couple of options for relining your chimney. We would like to tell you more about our two options to help you decide which one is best for you.

Relining Your Chimney - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweep

This chimney seriously needs relined!

Stainless Steel Liners

The only chimney liner with a lifetime guarantee, a stainless steel liner will never have to be replaced. Since stainless steel is resistant to rusting and corrosion, you will not have to worry about cracking and other deterioration. The liner is sealed from the top to the bottom, which means smoke, gases, and vapors exit your chimney without ever touching the masonry work of your chimney. Another plus of stainless steel liners is they can be insulated. An insulated liner further protects you from creosote accumulations because the combustion byproducts are kept hot throughout the chimney. Additionally, when you are not using your fireplace, the insulated liner will keep cold downdrafts from entering your home through the chimney. Easier to clean and to install than other liners, a stainless steel liner will improve the energy efficiency of your heating appliance by reducing cold downdrafts and by improving your chimney’s draft as hotter gases draw better than colder ones. A good draft contributes to higher fuel efficiency because the combustion process is more complete. If you need to completely replace your liner or if you are building a new home and need a chimney liner, Magic Sweep highly recommends installing a stainless steel liner.

Cast In Place

If you have a clay chimney liner that needs restoring, you have the cast in place option, a technique that pours and casts a lightweight cement-like product into your chimney and is directly applied and formed to restore your clay liner. At Magic Sweep, we use the Supaflu Chimney Systems cast in place liner method because of its high quality and limited lifetime guarantee. Benefits of this type of liner include improved stability of its structure, easy maintenance, suitability to every fuel type, improved efficiency, and added safety. If this type of liner interests you, Magic Sweep will first do a Level 2 inspection of your chimney to assess the liner damage to see if we can do a cast in place restoration or if you will need to replace the entire liner.

Want to know more about our two chimney liner options? Contact Magic Sweep to ask our expert staff any questions you may have.