There is little argument that chimneys add a great deal to the skyline of any residential area. Some of the houses you see have taller, more decorative chimneys that look elegant when compared to their more utilitarian cousins. The tall, decorative chimney pieces you see are chimney pots.
Chimney pots are terracotta or clay tops added to the top of a chimney to enhance functionality and aesthetics. They are open at the base to attach to the chimney with a vented opening at the top to allow for the flow of air and gases. Most often, chimney pots have a tapered top, but they can be produced in any shape the customer desires. This is where creativity and design can really be put to use to dramatically alter the look of your roofline.
The main reason, at least from an aesthetic view, to install a chimney pot is to add to the overall appearance of your home. The right chimney pot can enhance the beauty and elegance of any home, and will set your property apart from all the rest. It’s a great way to add a bit of your personality to the skyline of your neighborhood, and since they are crafted from terracotta and clay the options for personalization are endless.
The functional reason to add a chimney pot to your home is increasing the draft to your fireplace. The extra height, apart from adding personality and elegance to the home, creates an extension to your chimney. This is the perfect solution for homes with bad draft issues, and the cost is miniscule compared to using brick and mortar to increase the height.
If a chimney pot adds beauty and increases the efficiency of a chimney, then why are they not installed on every chimney? This is a good question, and the answer can be broken into three parts. First, because chimney pots are made from clay they are susceptible to breakage. High wind-driven debris, hail, and other weather-related events can spell the end of your chimney pot. The fact that they’re relatively inexpensive means some people decide the benefits are worth the risk. Secondly, chimney pots are tall, so any do-it-yourself projects involving the chimney are probably a thing of the past. And finally, a chimney pot will require an additional maintenance step for homeowners; clearing plant life from the clay. Seeds of nearby plants can become lodged in the clay of your chimney pot creating cracks and eventually shattering the pot. You will need to clean these foreign objects away yourself, or call McSweepy’s to schedule a visit from one of our dependable, certified service professionals!
McSweepy’s carries an extensive line of chimney pots, and will even work with you on unique designs! We are proud to be a locally-owned and operated company servicing the great people of the Houston area. Contact us today to schedule a service call, to learn more about our services, or to speak to someone regarding your dream chimney pot design!