Cowls provide a one-stop flue ventilation solution for securing and protecting the top of the chimney pot and are available in various styles and colours. Most are universal and can easily be fixed to any chimney.
Benefits of chimney cowls:
Guards against birds falling into the chimney or getting stuck
Prevents debris from falling into the chimney
Protects against rainwater damage
Ensures the safe exit of dangerous gases from gas fires
What is a chimney cowl? A chimney cowl is a type of cover or hood that is fixed on top of a chimney pot. There are various styles available but the circular type that appears like a small cage is the most common.
Does a chimney pot need a cowl? A chimney cowl is highly recommended and in some cases essential depending on the type of fireplace, to prevent damage to the chimney pot, flue and fireplace itself.
What is the purpose of a chimney cowl? A chimney cowl protects from water, debris, birds and other critters from entering the chimney pot and flue and causing structural damage to the entire fireplace. Water can enter brickwork and cause lots of problems as well as birds and other wildlife or critters getting trapped in the chimney.
Will a chimney cowl stop rain? Yes, a chimney cowl will stop rain from getting into the chimney pot and flue and causing damp and damage.
How long does a chimney cowl last? Chimney cowls last a long time. In fact many last decades. It is always best to have your roofing inspected on an annual basis though, so if any damage occurs from extreme weather or surrounding trees or structures, this can be spotted early and repaired or replaced to prevent further damage.