Cost to Install a Chimney Cap

Cost to Install a Chimney Cap

A chimney cap attaches to the crown of a chimney and prevents unwanted pests and critters. A handyman charges $284 to install a basic metal chimney cap while a homeowner can make a DIY installation for $75 and save 73 percent.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 0.9 Diy 2.5
Money Pro $284 Diy $75
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 Cost to Install a Chimney Cap

Cost to Install a Chimney Cap

A chimney cap attaches to the crown of a chimney and prevents unwanted pests and critters. A handyman charges $284 to install a basic metal chimney cap while a homeowner can make a DIY installation for $75 and save 73 percent.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 0.9 Diy 2.5
Money Pro $284 Diy $75
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
HA Get Pro Help
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By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Do you have unwanted guests showing up in your fireplace? Sometimes it seems nothing can stop a determined squirrel from crawling down your chimney, but a chimney cap is your best line of defense. The cap has grated sides and a sturdy hood that fits snugly on top of the chimney to prevent critters, rain and debris from entering.

Installing the cap is relatively easy. The challenge is getting onto the roof and carefully getting yourself over to the chimney. There you need to inspect the flue and measure its inside dimensions so you know what size cap to buy. The installation is as simple as inserting the flue tabs of the cap into the chimney and using a screwdriver to fasten four screws around the outside of the chimney cap base to hold it in place.

You'll find chimney caps sold at home centers and lumberyards in a range of sizes from 9 inches square to 13- by18 inches in black metal or stainless steel. You'll notice that the package lists a minimum and maximum opening size, so choose one whose range fits your chimney.

A handyman will charge about $284 to inspect and install a chimney cap, which includes labor and material. If you're willing to do the high-wire work, you can buy a cap for $75 and install it yourself, pocketing a 73 percent saving. If you do it yourself, double-check your tools before you venture up there. On the first inspection, don't forget to bring a measuring tape; when installing, don't forget any tools.

Here's more information about chimney caps from www.eFireplaceStore.com.

That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install a chimney cap lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors' experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.


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