How Much Does Capping a Chimney Cost?
For a chimney that is never used, or if a chimney is giving troubles such as leaking or allowing pests to come through, many opt to cap a chimney. When capping a chimney, a cap will be placed on top of the chimney so that leaves, twigs, rain, and more can no longer get through. Caps can come in single flue or multi-flue and are generally made from stainless steel. The cost of capping a chimney will vary by the size of the chimney as well as the contractor performing the job.
How much is it?
- A single flue chimney cap costs anywhere from $65 to $145 depending on the size. These prices will not include installation. For example, ChimneyKeepers sells a 8″x8″ for $70.
- A multi flue chimney cap is designed for a chimney that has more than one flue, generally 2 to 3. These can cost anywhere from $130 to $250. A 17″x29″ can cost $199 to $230.
- For specialized or custom chimney caps, the cost can range from $150 to $350.
- For professional installation, costs will vary depending on the size of the flue. For a single flue, installation can cost $70 to $200. A multi-flue can cost $225 to $450. A customized job will depend on the size. Larger jobs can cost in the $400 to $600 range.
- According to the website ChimneyKeepers.com, capping a chimney through their service can range from $125 installed for a single flue to as much as $225 for a multi-flue. Customized caps such as stainless steel and cooper are going to cost more than a traditional cap made from basic materials.
What are the extra costs?
- For extra high chimneys that are higher than the standard, most contractors will charge more based on the height.
- Difficult jobs or chimneys with major obstacles may add to the cost.
- Most professionals suggest that you clean the chimney before a cap is placed. A chimney sweep can cost anywhere from $60 to $200.
- The chimney cap itself will have to be purchased separately. Some companies can include the cap and installation as a full package.
- Caps made from a higher grade material such as stainless steel will cost more.
What is going to be included?
- A company will purchase the cap if you prefer, based on your need. A contractor will climb to the chimney and place the cap on so that it is secure and weatherproof. Most chimney caps have a lifetime warranty.
How can I save money?
- Compare chimney caps as they are all going to vary in pricing. Don’t be too cheap since some caps may wear off over time. It’s best to consider one that has a lifetime warranty so that even if something goes wrong you are covered.
- Get at least three quotes for chimney cap services. Services such as Service Magic allow you to find quotes in your area. This gives you the opportunity to find the lowest cost contractor.
- Before you purchase a chimney cap, consult with a professional to see if it’s ideal to get one. Each situation is going to greatly vary and you may find that you won’t even need a cap for your chimney.
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