Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, Inc.: Expert Crown Repair Services for Residents in Denver & the Foothills

There isn’t anything more dangerous to your chimney than water exposure. Water can cause masonry deterioration, corrosion to metal components, mold and mildew growth, liner issues, and many other problems. However, it is possible to protect your chimney from water by being proactive, and one preventive measure is a chimney crown. 

Due to their location and exposure to the elements, crowns can deteriorate over time. A damaged crown just isn’t as effective as it should be at stopping water from seeping into your chimney and causing all types of damage. When your crown needs attention, reach out to Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney at 303-679-1601 or click here. We can’t wait to work with you!

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What Is a Chimney Crown and Why Is It Important?

A chimney crown is a slab at the top of the chimney that acts as a protective covering. Typically made of concrete, mortar, or stone, chimney crowns are designed to redirect water away from the chimney. This helps to prevent moisture from soaking into the masonry which can lead to damage if it’s allowed to persist long-term.

How Do I Know if I Need Chimney Crown Repair Services?

Without the necessary experience, how can a homeowner tell their chimney crown needs to be repaired? That’s a fair question. It’s not uncommon for most chimney damage to be found during an annual inspection.

However, there are warning signs you shouldn’t ignore if you’re not due for an inspection soon, including:

  • Your chimney is leaking. If you notice water stains on the ceiling or walls near your chimney, it could be a sign that water is getting into your chimney. The crown is a part of the chimney system that is often found to be the source of water intrusion.
  • The mortar is crumbling. If the mortar between the bricks is crumbling or falling out, it’s a sign of water damage and potential structural issues. Although the crown may not be the cause, it could be a point of entry.
  • The masonry is discolored. A hallmark of water intrusion is efflorescence – a white, chalky film that occurs when water carries mineral salts to the surface of the masonry. Green discoloration is a sign of vegetation growth.
  • Pieces of the crown are missing. If entire pieces or chunks of the crown are missing, it’s time to schedule an appointment for repair work – even if you haven’t seen signs of water damage.
  • Damage to the cap and/or flashing. Think of the chimney cap and crown as a team protecting your chimney from weather and animals. Although they’re separate parts, trouble with one can often signal problems with the other. Flashing problems at the chimney base – like rust or loose sections – can also point to water seeping in, potentially due to a compromised crown.

How Long Can I Expect My Chimney Crown Repairs To Last?

The lifespan of your chimney crown repair depends on several factors including the quality of the repair work and how well you maintain it.  A well-done repair using high-quality materials can last for decades, while poor materials or workmanship could lead to problems much earlier than anticipated. Regular inspections and maintenance can help extend the life of your repairs.

For the best results, it’s important to work with certified chimney sweeps. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, our team of chimney technicians has been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and/or the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). With our experience and skill set, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting the best chimney repair services in the Denver metro area.

Crown Damage Can Lead to Major Expenses

A damaged crown can lead to water infiltration that will leave your chimney system inoperable and unsafe to use. Instead of waiting for the damage to be done, be proactive and reach out to Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney when you first notice a problem. You can get in touch with us by phone at 303-679-1601 or contact us online.


Our flashing repair experts can effectively make sure that damaged flashing no longer acts as the cause of your leaky chimney.