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CSIA Certified
As a measurement of technical expertise, the CSIA certifies chimney and venting professionals. The CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep ® and the CSIA Dryer Exhaust Duct Technician ® credentials are the hallmark of excellence among chimney and venting service professionals.

Specializing in
Chimney repair and rebuild
Roof Repair & Maintainance
Year round Gutter Service
Certified, Professional Mason
Chimney Sweep, Caps, Installs

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   EARLY BIRD SPECIAL


 


   Chimney Cleaning


Sweeping chimneys requires specific techniques, skills and specialized tools. In addition to our professional expertise, we have a large investment in equipment specifically designed to help remove hazardous soot and creosote from your chimney.

We use clean drop cloths and a high power vacuum to control the dust, soot and creosote. All fireplace cleanings are done from inside the home in order to control the dust and soot. All wood & coal stoves are swept from inside or outside the home with dust control.

Although the work is dirty, you won't even know we've been in your home after we roll up our drop cloths. We leave nothing behind, but your peace of mind.

 

  When are Chimney Liners Required?

This has become a common question for fossil burning fuels that has a multi-part answer. But first, let's explain some facts. Water condensation and flue gas temperature are the main culprits when it comes to venting high efficiency gas and oil equipment and the need for liners. The constant heating and cooling of flue gases in a cold chimney creaes an acidic condensation that destroys brick, mortar and terra cotta clay liners. The other fact is that a cold chimney doeas not draw very well and can cause venting and carbon monoxide problems. the solution is an aluminum or stainless steal liner. Aluminum flex liners are normally used for gas and stainless steel for oil.

In summary; all chimneys require some sort of liner to be compliant; outside gas chimneys with less than 450,000 BTU's require a metal liner and an indoor gas chimney can utilize the terra cotta clay liners for gas equipment because they are warmed by the heat of the house.
         


   Chimney Relining System

A chimney relining system will revitalize your chimney. The liner is composed of stainless steel, developed specifically to resist corrosive furnace flue acids. This liner acts as a barrier between the flue gases and the defects in your chimney walls.

Not only will it add to the safety of your home and family, it will also increase the resale value of your home. In addition your furnace will run more efficiently. We can reline virtually any configuration you may have from: single, straight flues, to multiple flues and flues with bends and size changes.

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It's what you need when the original clay tile liner was either never installed, or when the tile lining cracks, crumbles and deteriorates over time. Water damage, chimney fires, or just age can cause the deterioration of your clay liner. When that happens the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) code 211 says it must be replaced.


   Chimney Rebuild and Repair

Whether your chimney is in need of major or minor repairs, A-1 Armor Construction is the solution! We are the specialists when it comes to chimney repairs and rebuilds. We have been serving New Jersey homeowners for years and are leading experts in chimney construction.



    Water damage and your masonry chimney

As odd as it may seem, water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than fire.

Think about it for a moment. All the brick and other materials that make up your home are protected by the roof and eave, all that is, except your chimney. The chimney bravely sticks up above the roof constantly exposed to all the elements; rain, snow, and freeze/thaw cycles.

 

A masonry chimney is constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials, including brick, mortar, tile, steel and cast iron. All of these materials will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. As odd as it may seem, water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than fire.


    Dampers

A1 Armor's's Lyemance rubber gasket seals tightly like a storm door for your fireplace, and keeps heating and cooling dollars where they should be...in your home.

A1 Armor's Lyemance mounts on top of your chimney to keep out animals and rain.

A1 Armor's's Lyemance easily operates from inside your firebox and seals tight everytime you close it—eliminating any draft.


    Fireplaces

When most people think of chimneys, they think of fireplaces. Memories of cold winter evenings, relaxed and cozy in front of a crackling fire are hard to beat, and the ability of an open fire to soothe the wild beast within us all is legendary. Since the dawn of time, humans have gathered around the open fire for a sense of safety and community, and the fireplace is still the focus of family living in many homes, especially around the holidays.

But in spite of all the glowing aesthetics, there are some practical considerations. When your dealing with an element as capricious and potentially dangerous as fire, knowledge really is power, so please read on to learn how to make your fireplace both safer and more enjoyable.

Most factory built fireplaces are tested and listed as decorative heating appliances and will not withstand the abuse often heaped on their masonry counterparts. Although they are tested to U.L. standards, severe overfiring and chimney fires will often badly damage these units. Regular yearly maintenance, cleaning at generally 1/8" buildup, and careful monitoring can assure a safe enjoyable system.

Many prefab chimneys, especially older units with an imitation brick housing above the roof, seem to be a preferred nesting site for birds in many areas. It is not unusual for chimney sweeps to take literally buckets of nesting material from these chimneys. This nesting can catch fire directly, or it can block critical air passageways between layers of metal chimney pipe, allowing the chimney to overheat. Both scenarios routinely cause house fires. Most after market chimney covers do not correctly address the problem, and can often make the situations worse. A careful screening of all potential nesting areas with the proper sized screening may be in order.

Finally, prefab fireplace systems eventually just plain wear out. Models go out of production and manufacturers go out of business. A factory-built unit will reach the end of is useful life when repair of the unit is no longer possible, particularly if the components that are necessary to maintain the listing are no longer available. Keep a close eye on an aging unit, and be prepared to send ole faithful to the great recycling plant in the sky before she fails completely.

We are the #1 chimney installers in the New Jersey area. Serving Bergen NJ, Morris NJ, Sussex NJ, Wayne NJ, Hunterdon NJ, Passaic NJ and many other New Jersey locations.

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Tips for Keeping
Your Chimney Safe..!
  • Be sure to install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector near your furnace, and test regularly.
    Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can kill without warning. The gas may accumulate inside if flue or chimney is blocked.
  • Use binoculars to do a quick check of your chimney from the ground outside.
    If you see cracks or spaces in the bricks or mortar, call Armor Construction for a closer look.
  • If you see water dripping from a ceiling or around a skylight, don't panic.
    It does not necessarily mean that you need a new roof. Call Armor Construction to identify the source, and repair it without delay to prevent further damage.
  • Choose asphalt shingles of a lighter color when selecting a new roof because they reflect more sunlight.
    The darker shingles will absorb more infrared rays, contributing to wider temperature swings which can more rapidly degrade the asphalt.