Coordinating Your Chimney Cap with Your Home’s Aesthetic
When homeowners are considering their house’s curb appeal, they typically think of things like landscaping, exterior brickwork, paint colors, and garage and porch location.
Yes, as far as home beautification projects go, chimney caps very often get the short end of the stick!
Now, let’s be clear: it’s not nearly as important for a chimney cap to be “pretty” as it is for the cap to be functional.
A chimney cap should, first and foremost, prevent the chimney from being damaged by weather, animals, and other forces of nature.
That said, chimney caps do not have to be completely utilitarian. It’s entirely possible to have a cap that matches your home’s aesthetic surprisingly well.
Here are three tips for pulling this off:
Understand that You Have Options
Somewhere along the line, many folks seem to have gotten the idea that all chimney caps look alike, and they’re all ugly and cumbersome.
But that’s simply not true; chimney caps come in a wide variety of designs and materials.
Unless you live in an area with a very strict Homeowners Association, your cap doesn’t have to look exactly like the one on your neighbor’s house.
And if you hate the style of the chimney cap on your parents’ home, feel free to take your cap in an entirely different direction!
Chimney caps are commonly made out of copper, stainless steel, galvanized steel, or aluminum.
Each type of metal has a different look and feel, as well as a different estimated lifespan and price point.
The same goes for the different styles of caps; the one that best suits your home (both structurally and aesthetically) will depend upon the design of your chimney, the architecture of your home, and how much money you’re willing to spend.
Chances are, you’ll be able to find something that you genuinely like and fits your budget, so don’t settle for a cap that’s “not totally hideous” or simply “good enough.”
Do you want your chimney cap to blend in with the rest of the chimney as much as possible?
Or would you rather it be bold and eye-catching? Should it look classical? Modern? Rustic?
You might not walk into this project with a specific mental image of the desired result, but at least having a vague idea in mind can make the whole thing a bit easier.
Look to the rest of your home’s exterior (and possibly the surrounding environment) for inspiration.
A very “industrial” cap on a sleek, modern house will probably look a bit tacky, just as a very decorative, elaborate cap will seem odd and out of place on a small, rustic cottage.
If you’re not sure what kind of cap would best suit your home, you can look online for inspiration. You can also…
Consult with an Expert
While it is possible to set up a chimney cap completely on your own, doing so might not be the best idea.
First of all, these caps must be installed (and maintained) correctly in order to serve their intended purpose; a small misalignment can easily let in the elements or pest animals.
And, of course, any kind of project that involves climbing up onto the roof of your house can be dangerous or nerve-wracking.
Above all else, though, a company that specializes in chimney cap installation will be able to offer a much wider variety of options than you’d find by browsing a website or your local home improvement store.
A representative can show you examples of their work to give you ideas…or maybe even assist you in creating a custom piece!
It’s one thing for a chimney cap to be functional; it’s another matter entirely for it to be aesthetically pleasing.
A good cap will simply allow the chimney to vent freely while protecting it from harm, but a great cap will fulfill these roles while beautifying your home—or at least not drawing extra attention to itself.
So, shop around for different designs, take into account the overall appearance of your home, and consult with an expert for advice.
Every chimney needs a high-quality, working cap, but every chimney should have a well-designed cap, too!
Thank you for coming by. See you tomorrow!