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Give Your Home An Upgrade For Christmas!

Not sure what to add to your holiday wish list? Why not treat yourself to an upgrade! If your fireplace and chimney are looking a bit worse for the wear, there are a lot of measures we can take to improve efficiency and give you the high-quality protection you deserve. This is one gift that will keep on giving year after year. Learn more below, then reach out to our team today to further discuss your options. We can’t wait to get this process started for you!

Gas Log Sets

fireplace screenMany fireplace owners are switching to gas due to its countless benefits. Gas options are easy to use, low maintenance, and they don’t require you to haul and store wood, which always leads to a big mess. Oftentimes homeowners simply do not have the time or energy to build and maintain fires, and the clean-up involved can take a toll on your schedule, too. If you simply want to sit back, relax, and enjoy your evening without having to put a lot of effort into the process, then it’s time to invest in a gas log set.

These systems will turn on with the push of a button, and they offer a steady stream of heat for your family to enjoy. They are very efficient, require minimal maintenance, and won’t produce any unpleasant smokey odors, either. All in all, they make a great addition to any living space, and their realistic appearance ensures you still get that timeless aesthetic you hope to achieve. There’s no reason not to make the switch! Set up an appointment with our team today.

Crown Coat

Is your crown cracked or crumbling? If your last inspection revealed some issues that need addressing, then the time to invest in repair work is now. Without a properly functioning crown in place, your chimney is a lot more likely to experience water damage, which will quickly cause your brickwork and mortar to break down. This will make you prone to experience gas leaks, house fires, smoke exposure, or even a chimney collapse.

It’s not worth taking any chances, so invest in a fix that will last – CrownCoat! When applied by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, this product guarantees high-quality results that last, so that you can get back to using your fireplace with the ease and peace of mind you’re desiring.

Prefab Panel Replacement

If you have owned a prefabricated fireplace for years now, then the refractory panels may be suffering. These pieces take on a lot of wear and tear, and anything exposed to the stress and strain they face is bound to need some attention from time to time. Replacing your panels will ensure you can use your fireplace with ease, without putting your family at any potential risk. Ask our experts about what we can do for you. The sooner we get things started, the better off you will be.

Fireplace Screens & Doors

Whether you need your current screen or door replaced or simply do not have one at all, our team can set you up with a design that is perfect for your unique needs and setup. These parts offer added protection for your home, ensuring stray sparks and embers have no chance of landing on your floor or furniture. They also help to keep curious pets and young children away from any flames, and they help to keep your home at a reasonable temperature when your system is not in use, too.

Our screens come in a wide range of styles, and our doors can be custom made to fit your every desire. Enhance the look, function, and feel of your fireplace by turning to us now.

Heat Reflectors

Are you not experiencing that strong outpouring of heat you expect from your fireplace? If your unit is simply not delivering, then heat reflectors may be a good investment for you. They are installed in the back of your firebox, and they help to push the heat back into your living space, so everyone in the area can stay warm, cozy, and comfortable.

An added benefit of these devices is their ability to offer extra protection to your firebox walls. As you can imagine, this area of your fireplace takes on a significant amount of stress, and all that direct exposure to heat and flames can cause it to break down a lot over time. With heat reflectors in place, you add an extra layer of protection, so that your firebox lasts longer – it’s a win all around.

Always Trust A Pro

Considering some do-it-yourself options? This is not recommended. Many times, these routes can offer homeowners an easy fix at a much more affordable rate, but when it comes to your fireplace and chimney, attempting a repair without an in-depth understanding of your system can lead to disaster.

In a situation where you could potentially experience carbon monoxide exposure, fires, smoke inhalation, and more, there really isn’t room to mess around. Our sweeps have undergone extensive training, and we take advantage of countless educational opportunities to ensure you get everything you deserve. Talk with us today about your installation needs. We’re always happy to serve!

What Is The Function Of The Chimney Crown?

Located at the top of your chimney is something called the chimney crown, and it plays a big role in keeping your masonry safer and better protected. Crowns should be made from a strong, cement-based mixture to ensure they stand the test of time, but unfortunately, many were originally constructed using a mortar mix which is prone to crack and break down.

Because of this, working with the right team from the very start is a must when it comes to keeping your crown in good shape for the long haul. Learn more below about what these parts do, why they are important, and why you should trust in the certified crew here at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to help you every step of the way. Our crown repair and rebuilding services will ensure you are always taken care of, no matter what!

Preventing Water Damagemodern home with red brick chimney

The reason crowns are so important to chimney health is due to their ability to protect your masonry from water damage. An appropriately built crown will extend slightly past the edge of your chimney, and it will slant downward. These aspects ensure rainwater is directed away from the chimney masonry.

Because your brickwork is so absorbent, keeping water away is a must. Without a chimney crown, decay is inevitable. Avoid decay and deterioration by having our sweeps come in to check things over. We can examine your crown and determine whether or not repairs are necessary

Is Your Crown Suffering?

If you have been noticing leaks throughout your chimney or if your brickwork and mortar is breaking down and crumbling, there is a good chance that a faulty crown is to blame. Fortunately, our team members are qualified to fix it up right with a product called CrownCoat. CrownCoat works to fill in cracks and gaps so that your crown won’t continue breaking down. Trust us – once we are through, your chimney will be looking and functioning better than ever!

Now, from time to time we come across crowns that have faced so much damage that basic repair work is not an effective solution. In these cases, we will recommend a rebuild. This may seem a bit daunting, but never fear because our crew is equipped to handle it. You will have a well-functioning chimney crown in no time.

Don’t Wait… Call Today!

The holidays are well behind us, and it will be quite some time before they come back around again, so call us in now while your burning season is still on hold. Not only can we check on your crown, but we can inspect your entire structure to determine whether or not you may need further maintenance.

If you do need work completed, we would be happy to help you every step of the way! Reach out today, and we can get started.

Protect Your Entire Chimney System

Looking to invest in services that will guarantee more protection for your entire chimney system? Crown repair and protection can work wonders when it comes to keeping your flue and masonry in better condition all year long. Invest in the care you deserve today. The team here at Weststar Chimney Sweeps is eager to help every step of the way.small cabin with chimney on lake in rainy weather

What Is The Crown?

So, what is the chimney crown? The chimney crown sits at the top of the chimney, and its slanted design helps to keep water from running down the sides of your brickwork. Essentially, the water moves out and away, ensuring less exposure altogether. Masonry is very absorbent, so avoiding water at all costs is vital, especially now when spring rains are prominent.

When chimney crowns are not built from the right materials and the appropriate standards are ignored, your chimney will not stay as protected, and the crown itself will start to crack and crumble. As you can imagine, this can wind up causing a lot of damage to your chimney over time. Because of this, it is important to invest in professional help to ensure you get the best and longest-lasting results possible.

About CrownCoat

Fortunately, when the damages are not as extensive, we can address them quite swiftly and efficiently. For those small repair jobs, we use a product call CrownCoat. This is a sealant that fills cracks, repels water, and works hard to protect your chimney crown from the elements. Once it is applied, you will be all set and good to go in no time. You deserve peace of mind, and CrownCoat offers you just that.

Is The Damage Worse Than Expected?

If the damage you are experiencing is worse than you suspected, or if we discover that your crown was made from a weak mortar mixture, then a rebuild will be the way to go. Our CSIA certified crew is experienced and educated, so you can rest easier when we are the job. Come fall, your fireplace will be all set and ready for regular use.

Do You Need Waterproofing, Too?

ChimneySaver products are known for their high-quality waterproofing abilities. If you are looking to have your chimney masonry and crown waterproofed, then our team can get it done for you in no time. When it comes to preventing decay, rot, rust, deterioration, and more, waterproofing is essential.

Our products are strong, yet vapor permeable, guaranteeing better protection with every passing year. We can also set you up with the tools you need to prevent leaks and keep water out of your system for good. Give us a call today to set something up.

All About CrownCoat

If you’re a fireplace owner, then you know how important your chimney crown is. The crown sits at the top of your chimney, and its main purpose is to guide water out and away from the sides of your masonry. It slopes downwards and extends slightly past the edge of your chimney, keeping all that excess moisture far away from the sensitive brickwork and mortar that can easily absorb it.

Clearly, the chimney crown does a lot of work, year round, for your system, which is why it is vital to keep it well-protected. The CSIA certified team of experts here at Weststar Chimney Sweeps All About CrownCoat - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney Sweeps have everything you need to keep your crown in the best shape possible, no matter the weather outside.

If you’re having issues, please call us in right away, so we can get everything addressed before your burning season really takes off. We’ll have you up and running again in no time!

Addressing Issues Before They Get Worse

One way we tackle cracks and crumbling is with CrownCoat. CrownCoat plays an important role, allowing sweeps to patch up minor cracking before it worsens and starts causing you a lot of trouble. This product saves many homeowners from experiencing more extensive damage, and it minimizes the chances of having to rebuild the entire chimney crown, which is a lot more costly and time-consuming.

This product is flexible, cures in a few hours, and it comes with a 15-year warranty, so you don’t need to stress about further issues any time soon. It’s also environmentally friendly, and it’s easy to apply, ensuring our sweeps can get the job done fast. When you combine experienced, knowledgeable technicians like ours with great products like CrownCoat, you won’t have to worry about a thing!

Importance Of Waterproofing

Another great quality about CrownCoat is its waterproofing agents that ensure no excess moisture will be granted access to the previously affected area. A spot that was once vulnerable will quickly transform into a strong and durable section of your crown, sure to give you high-quality protection for years to come.

In fact, we feel that waterproofing qualities are so important that we strongly advised our customers to invest in waterproofing services for their entire masonry structure. If you haven’t had your chimney waterproofed, then this is likely a key reason why things started to break down in the first place. Our experts can address cracks, holes, and other deterioration quickly, before they get worse, then waterproof your system, so that moisture can’t work its way in any longer.

Fall Is Nearing, So Call Now

Most homeowners utilize their fireplace a lot more once the holiday seasons start coming back around, so ensure you’re all set and ready to go by getting our sweeps in as soon as you can. We’ll take a thorough look at everything, so you can rest easier knowing your system is safer for regular use come fall. This isn’t the time to procrastinate – give us a call now.