A chimney liner is exactly what it sounds like, a lining that goes inside of your chimney. You might be wondering, “Why would I need to line my chimney with something, isn’t that what the chimney is made to do?” Most homes with a chimney were originally constructed with clay or ceramic liner. These are often used when a home is first built because they’re inexpensive and work well with a brand new fireplace and chimney. However, clay chimney liners are not the most durable and can crack and erode under extreme weather changes and conditions.

Do you really need a liner, though? Yes! A chimney liner might not seem like an important part of your chimney, but in reality, it’s extremely important and improves the safety of your fireplace and home. Additionally, a chimney liner is often required to be present to pass inspection to sell your home. It isn't just a rule; there are many benefits to installing a chimney liner. Just a few of these include:

#1 It takes smoke and toxins away from your family

A metal chimney liner is a conduit installed inside of your chimney. It is intended to contain the combustion products, direct them to the outside atmosphere, and protect the chimney walls from heat and corrosion. Chimney liners create a clear and direct path for smoke to exit your home safely and efficiently. Without one, your chimney walls will eventually deteriorate and contaminates will be able to seep through any cracks. When it comes to smoke and fire, it's always better to be safe than sorry! 

#2 It's cheaper in the long run

Installing a chimney liner, especially one of metal, will protect your flue from the transfer of heat in your system to combustibles. Chimney liners are also considerably less expensive than replacing your chimney, which is eventually what will need to be done. If your chimney is in need of repair from damage caused by corrosive gases eating away at the masonry and mortar, relining a chimney with a stainless steel liner is your least expensive and safest solution.

#3 It is easy to do yourself

Chimney liner kits make the job quick and they also make them easy enough for nearly anyone to handle the job on their own. If you are handy around the house then you will have no problem relining a chimney. This makes the entire ordeal easy enough to do yourself, which saves you a significant amount of money. If you plan on installing a chimney liner yourself, you would only incur the cost of the chimney liner and any related materials. The average cost of hiring a professional chimney sweep for relining a chimney ranges from between $1500 to $3000 per job. You're talking about the difference of a few hundreds dollars to a few thousand dollars!

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