The chimney crown on your Indianapolis home may seem like a small thing, but it plays a big role in keeping your chimney and home in their best shape. The chimney crown covers the top of the chimney and it prevents water, animals, and other debris from entering your chimney. In essence, the chimney crown is your first line of defense from safeguarding your chimney (and ultimately your home) from water. If your chimney crown is damaged, then your entire chimney is at risk for water damage which is much more expensive and difficult to repair. 

The best way to prevent any future issues is to repair or replace your crown as soon as the damage occurs. If the crown is extremely damaged, then chimney crown replacement is the best option. Read on to learn more about chimney crown replacement. 

Chimney Crown Replacement Process

  1. Remove the old mortar off your current chimney crown with a wire brush or chisel. Clean off any debris and dust from the brick
  2. Build a cap frame with wood. 
  3. Attach the cap frame to your chimney. Make sure there aren’t any gaps or cracks that the concrete can seep through. 
  4. Create an expansion join to ensure that the form will not stick to the concrete once its set. Put a flat piece of cardboard around each flue and add oil. 
  5. Mix and then pour your concrete into the cap frame. 
  6. Let the concrete set for 24 hours. 
  7. Remove the form, seal the flue joints, and add a waterproof coating to seal the crown. 

Professional Chimney Crown Replacement

Chimney crown replacement sounds pretty easy, right? Unfortunately, many Indianapolis homeowners do not have all of the tools and materials to complete their chimney crown replacement so seamlessly. Additionally, there are many small mistakes you can make along the way that will ruin your chimney crown replacement. Remember, to be effective your chimney crown must be properly fitted and installed, otherwise it could allow water in. In most cases, it makes much more sense to hire a professional for chimney crown replacement. 


For the best chimney crown replacement services in Indianapolis, look no further than your Brick + Ember Outfitters. We are happy to inspect your chimney and assess the best way to handle your chimney crown if it’s damaged. No matter what your chimney crown needs are, we can help. To learn more about our chimney crown services or to schedule an appointment, contact Brick + Ember Outfitters today HERE