Flexible Flue Liners
Advice From A Reputable London Chimney Sweep
Flexible flue liners are increasingly becoming one of the best alternatives to the classic rigid liners. As opposed to terracotta liners, flexible liners are made of corrugated stainless steel which are able to expand and contract dependent on the temperature from the stove and chimney.
Often with old and outdated chimney liners you will find that the performance suffers but with a flexible liner this will never be a problem. There are many great benefits to having this type of liner;
One of the biggest concerns any homeowner will have with their chimney is the build-up of creosote within the flue. The accumulation of creosote can cause chimney fires which can damage your home, your property and surrounding buildings. Using a flexible liner means that less creosote is likely to build up as the movement during temperature changes allows it to simply drop off once condensed.
Flexible liners are a lot more flexible than rigid models
Flexible liners come as one single piece which makes them easier to move up into the chimney whereas rigid liners have to be installed piece by piece.
As you can imagine, installing the liner piece by piece is a lengthy process and many things can go wrong. Pieces can fall down the outside into the chimney, the partially assembled liner could break mid-way through- all of which increases installation time.
Chimney maintenance is extremely important as aforementioned to prevent chimney fires.
Flexible liners are the easiest to maintain as they can be removed for cleaning with what little creosote builds up. Subsequently, this will allow you to reduce your home maintenance costs through being able to carry out the cleaning yourself.
If you decide to install a stove in your home and you do not already have a chimney flue constructed, using a flexible liner can mean that you are able to install it anywhere in your home.
With classic liners and stoves, you are somewhat limited to keeping the flue linear whereas with a flexible liner it can curve and bend to suit the needs of your home.
Many homeowners are switching to using stoves as a means of heating their home to keep costs down in the winter. In this instance it is important to ensure that the stove and flue are working at maximum efficiency. With a flexible liner that has less creosote build-up, the chimney draft is improved meaning that you home can stay warmer for longer.
Whilst chimneys can be a great selling point in home valuation it can also be one of the biggest issues if it is not performing.
Buyers more often than not will want a home with as little repairs needed as possible and an old and outdated chimney can add to this list. Having a flexible liner, however, can be the best way to keep a chimney at its best and ultimately add value to your home.