Check out this custom stainless steel chimney cap for a customer in Hillsboro, Oregon.
In the Pacific Northwest one of the most important reasons to have a chimney cap installed is to prevent live animals from going inside your chimney. Animals like squirrels, and raccoons love to climb into chimneys and find a nice place to cozy into. Unfortunately these animals often get trapped and die in the chimney. Birds often build nests over open chimneys because they are drawn to the warmth the chimney provides. If you have a chimney cap installed you should be protected from having to deal with animals inside your chimney. Our other problem child in the Pacific Northwest. Moisture in all forms (Rain, Snow, Ice) creates a problems for your chimney if allowed in the chimney flue. The contraction and expansion of water during the freeze and thaw process in the winter is extremely harmful, a chimney cap (Just like a roof on your home) can prevent moisture from entering your chimney.