Chimneys have become somewhat of a relic in the world of property as gas and electric central heating remain the leading heat sources for modern homes. Although many houses were built with fireplaces and chimneys, most people don’t make use of them. Many people actually board up their fireplace to make space in the room surrounding it, while others may replace it with a gas fire or some other decorative feature. The chimney stack, however, remains on people’s roofs regardless of whether they use their chimney or not. If you are in the category of homeowners who do not use their chimney, what happens when the stack becomes damaged? Do you pay to have something repaired that you never use? Or is it time you consider chimney removal?
The first question you should be asking is how often do you use your chimney? If your fireplace has been completely blocked, boarded up and decorated over, then it is definitely in your best interest to have your chimney removed. You have already made the decision that you know longer wish to use it so why spend money on something you don’t need?
If you are currently on the fence about your chimney, consider the pros and cons. Think about the cost of maintaining a chimney Vs the cost of removing it. Chimneys need to be cleaned regularly, plus any damages that the outside or the interior suffers must be rectified immediately, otherwise, you risk having debris falling down the flue and into your fireplace. Ventilation is also a big problem when it comes to chimneys that are intact but unused. Any moisture in an unventilated wall or chimney will interact with the soot remaining and cause staining. Older chimneys are also more susceptible to leaks and dampness, which are two of the main issues any homeowner wants to avoid where possible. Considering how often you use your chimney, is all this maintenance worth your while?
Removing a chimney is more affordable than you think. At Fort Roofing Scotland, we offer a free inspection and quote. This means you can find out how much it will cost to remove your chimney with no obligation to follow through with the job. We also offer 0% deposits and flexible payment options so you can manage the costs. Our team have been repairing and removing chimneys for many years and have the expert skills to advise on and rectify any issues you are having.
You may be thinking, it’s not worth the hassle if you aren’t experiencing any internal issues from your chimney. However, an old and damaged chimney can be very unsightly. Chimney removal can transform your home making it look brand new. If you would like to speak to one of our experts on chimney removal, please don’t hesitate to get in to
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