A chimney cap is a structure positioned at the very top of your chimney. Its main job is to protect the inside of the chimney from weather conditions or other issues such as pests. In doing so, it also protects the inside of your home from the same problems. An average chimney replacement cost is about $350 but here are some things you should know before starting this home renovation project.
- It is definitely advised to have a chimney cap replaced if your old one is damaged beyond repair. While you might be tempted to leave the old one in place, you will soon see signs of problems in the fireplace area which can extend to the rest of the house.
- The cost of a chimney cap replacement will vary based on the location of the property and the slope of the roof. As a general rule of thumb, the harder the job is to complete, the more it will cost. So, if you live in a very hot or very cold climate, and if you have an extremely steep roof where it is dangerous to walk on, expect your chimney cap replacement cost to be higher.
- You can choose to replace your chimney cap yourself but you would need a lot of equipment such as ladders, ropes, etc to make the process safe. It is, therefore, better for any cap work such as installation, repair or replacement to be done by a professional contractor. The more experienced the contractor is, the more they will charge. But with experience, you also get a quality guarantee that you might not get with a new company that just hit the market.
- Chimney cap replacement cost is almost the same as a repair cost. As such, it is better to just replace the entire cap rather than waste energy and money on repairing damages. This strategy will give you more trust that the new cap will be more durable and damages will show much later compared to the existing one which is already in distress.
- Replacing a chimney cap costs more than installing a new one as the total price also includes the time and energy needed to remove the existing damaged structure.
For more information on the average chimney cap replacement cost, contact us at RH Renovation NYC. Our team can provide you with a free estimate on the project and also access the damage of the existing cap on-site, to walk you through the process and offer the right solutions for your chimney.