When it comes to chimneys, the most important element is the lining. A great lining will keep your chimney safe from overheating or catching fire while also helping maintain proper airflow in the home.

More often than not, chimney liners are made of aluminum or stainless steel. While these liners are exceedingly popular, they still need regular inspection and maintenance. Over time, a mixture of sulfur and water occurring inside the chimney can slowly corrode the liner, resulting in the liner pulling away from the framing and the walls.

At California Chimney, we know the ins and outs of chimney liner inspection and chimney liner installation in the Bay Area, and we are here to help you find a durable liner that fits perfectly in your home.

Reasons to Line or Re-line Your Chimney

Liners are a big deal when it comes to chimneys. An incorrectly-sized liner can lead to excessive creosote build-up in the chimney. While creosote might not seem like a big deal, when chimney fires happen, this highly-flammable substance is usually to blame.

Meanwhile, an unlined chimney poses an even greater risk. Tests conducted by the NBS showed that flue gases entering into brick and mortar spaces (rather than lined spaces) tend to decrease the usable lifetime of a chimney. Eventually, this problem may cause harmful gases to leak into the living space of a home.

Don’t take a risk with an unlined chimney, old liner, or liner prone to creosote build-up; make sure you have a well-maintained and properly sized chimney liner in your home. With your new liner, your fire risks will decrease, and your air quality will undoubtedly improve.

For your chimney relining needs, you can rest easy knowing California Chimney is here to help.


Chimney Liner Types

  1. Cast-in-Place Liners.
    Cast-in-place liners create a seamless, sleek interior that is easy to take care of. These liners also have the advantage of reinforcing worn, weakened chimney structures. Of not, this method is good for multiple flues within a chimney.
  2. Clay Tile Liners.
    They are inexpensive, readily available, and work best with open fireplace chimneys that are properly maintained. One disadvantage to clay tiles is they do not absorb and distribute heat quickly, so the heating is often uneven. This stress causes the tiles to eventually crack and split apart, resulting in the need for an replacement early in the liner’s life.
  3. Metal Chimney Liners.
    Metal chimney liners are typically made of stainless steel or aluminum, and are primarily used to upgrade and repair existing chimneys. They are ranked extremely high for safety and durability, and stainless steel in particular works well with wood-burning, gas, or oil applications. Aluminum is an inexpensive alternative, but is only suited for certain medium-efficiency gas applications.