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Wood Versus Gas Fireplace: Which is Right for Your Home?

Wood Versus Gas Fireplace: Which is Right for Your Home?

A fireplace provides many benefits, from producing warmth on chilly nights in Arlington, VA, to increasing your home's resale value. It also creates a cozy atmosphere while improving the overall appearance of the room. When you're choosing between a wood and gas...

Chimney Repair or Rebuild: How Do You Decide?

Chimney Repair or Rebuild: How Do You Decide?

Chimneys in Norfolk, VA, don't fall apart overnight. The damage has existed for years, but you may have overlooked it. How do you know whether you need a simple chimney repair or an entire rebuild? The answer is in the signs. Read on to learn more. Visible Damage Have...

4 Chimney Dangers and How to Prevent Them

4 Chimney Dangers and How to Prevent Them

A fireplace is a great way to keep your house warm, but it does require regular maintenance. Without the proper care, your chimney can pose a threat to your home. Here are the most common chimney dangers in Arlington, VA, and how to prevent them: Flue Damage The flue...

4 Signs That You Have an Animal Infestation in Your Chimney

4 Signs That You Have an Animal Infestation in Your Chimney

Chimneys can be an ideal environment for birds and rodents, so unfortunately animal infestations are common. If your home has a chimney, you should know how to recognize an infestation so that you can take care of the problem before it escalates. Here are four signs...

Important COVID-19 Safety Policies

Important COVID-19 Safety Policies

Dear Rooftop Clients, We want to thank you for being loyal customers of Rooftop Chimney Sweeps for our 42 years of business. Today we are facing a challenge in the COVID-19 unlike any we have experienced in the history of our business. Our business has always been...

How to Improve the Efficiency of your Wood-Burning Fireplace

How to Improve the Efficiency of your Wood-Burning Fireplace

Everyone wants to keep themselves and their house warm in the winter months. However, if you’ve ever sat close to your “open wood fireplace”, you know that it contributes very little to heating your house. Why is that? Very simply put, an open wood fireplace (or even...

How Long Does a Chimney Sweep Take?

How Long Does a Chimney Sweep Take?

If you’re planning on scheduling a chimney cleaning and are wondering how long does a chimney sweep take, then here’s your answer. A typical chimney sweep and inspection can take 45 minutes to an hour. Rooftop Chimney Sweeps blocks off a 2 hour time slot just in case...

How to Hire a Chimney Sweep

How to Hire a Chimney Sweep

Here’s how you should hire a chimney sweep.  Start by going to Chimney Safety Institute of America and use their chimney sweep search widget to find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep near you. CSIA is the industry standard for the best skilled and most trustworthy...

How much does it cost to have your chimney inspected?

How much does it cost to have your chimney inspected?

A chimney inspection can cost anywhere from $99 to $399. The cost largely depends on the type of chimney inspection (level 1, 2 or 3), what the chimney company is including in the chimney inspection service, and the time of the year (you can usually find the best...

Everything You Need to Know About Chimney Liners

Everything You Need to Know About Chimney Liners

What is a chimney liner? A chimney liner is the flue pipe that vents the gases and smoke from your fireplace up and out from your home. A chimney liner can be made from terracotta or stainless steel.  A terracotta chimney liner is more brittle and can crack under the...

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