Chase Covers & Rain Pans
Install A Quality Chase Cover That Will Last
Did you know that water is the biggest threat to your chimney and fireplace? When allowed access to your chimney system, water can eat away at metal components, rot wooden components, crack and destroy masonry components, and leave you with water-damaged ceilings and walls around the chimney itself.
There are a number of ways to protect yourself against such damage, but one of the most important steps you can take is to invest in a quality chimney rain pan or chase cover.
What Is A Chimney Rain Pan Or Chase Cover?
Chimney pans and chase covers are essentially metal chimney crowns, designed to close off the chase or chimney stack. Much like the lid on a Tupperware, the chase cover or rain pan will seal off the chimney, preventing moisture from making its way down into the system. These can be used to close off both masonry and prefabricated chimneys, and come in a variety of styles and sizes.
The most common materials used in the making of chase covers and rain pans include those listed below:
- Galvanized Steel – Galvanized steel is inexpensive and considered pretty standard for factory chase covers. Unfortunately, this material will rapidly rust and need to be replaced pretty early on.
- Aluminum – Aluminum is another option, but covers made from this material can dent and allow water to pool.
- Copper – Copper is a popular choice for chase covers and rain pans because of its longevity and incredible beauty. A copper chase cover or rain pan will typically be quite a bit costlier, but it will last, providing years and years of beauty and service.
- Stainless Steel – Stainless steel chase covers and rain pans are incredibly strong, relatively affordable, and will not rust, making them incredibly popular. With a stainless steel chase cover or rain pan, you shouldn’t need to invest in a replacement ever again.
Is Your Installed Chimney Chase Cover Or Rain Pan In Trouble?
If you haven’t updated your chase cover or rain pan since your chimney was first installed, it’s time to have a professional take a look at it! Unfortunately, many original chase covers are made of cheap, low-quality materials that only provide around 7-10 years’ worth of protection. These chase covers can rust and develop holes without the homeowner even knowing, resulting in devastating water damage and costly repairs. Instead of waiting until damage is done, have a professional from Chimney Solutions inspect your chimney top, checking for any gaps, holes, or other potential problems.
You can also be on the lookout for signs of chase cover or rain pan damage between inspections, like rust streaks or discoloration down the sides of your chimney. If you do notice rust, be sure to call us right away! If left in disrepair, your chase cover or rain pan can allow moisture to pool and cause further damage and deterioration.