Updated July 26, 2023
Chimneys are built to last, but there may come a time when you need to replace your chimney to protect the structural integrity of your home and the safety of its inhabitants.
A new chimney costs $7,000-$13,000 on average and includes the cost of removing the old chimney and installing a new one.
Let's break down the average price of each part of the project...
Removing an entire chimney, including the chimney stack and chimney breast, costs $2,500-$7,500 on average. However, chimney removal costs vary from one project to the next for a number of reasons.
There are many aspects to the chimney removal process that will affect how much your project will cost:
- The type of chimney removal method you choose—full or partial
- The size of the chimney
- The materials used to build the chimney
- The amount of debris
- Where you live/Disposal costs
- The contractor you hire
Keep reading: An Introduction to Chimney Removal
Installing a chimney, whether it's replacing an old one or installing a chimney for the first time, costs $3,000-$9,000 on average and includes the cost of labor, which often ranges from $50-$150 an hour on average.
Just like chimney removal, the cost of chimney installation depends on multiple factors, like the materials used to build the chimney, the type of chimney being installed, and size and dimensions of the chimney, where you live, and who you hire.
Made of brick, stone, or concrete blocks, masonry chimneys are the most widely recognizable type of chimney due to how popular they are.
The average cost of installing a masonry chimney is around $8,000-$11,000 depending on the size and complexity of the chimney, as well as where you live and who you hire to do the work.
While more expensive than metal and prefabricated chimneys, masonry chimneys are arguably the most durable and attractive chimney option, increasing a home's value in most cases.
The three main downsides to masonry chimneys include: the upfront expense, the additional support required, and the fact that they can crack over time.
Metal chimneys, commonly referred to as stovepipe-style chimneys, are made of stainless steel or aluminum, and while less common than masonry chimneys, they are less expensive and easier to install.
The average cost of installing a metal chimney is around $1,500-$3,500. The exact price of installing a metal chimney at your home will depend on where you live, who you hire, and the size and complexity of the chimney.
Lightweight and easy to install, metal chimneys are less durable than masonry chimneys and significantly less pleasing to the eye, which is why they rarely conform to HOA rules.
Typically made of wood and/or metal, a prefabricated chimney is constructed in a factory and is lightweight, making the installation process extremely fast.
The average cost to install a prefabricated chimney is $2,500-$5,000 depending on how big the chimney is, the materials used to build it, where it's being installed, and who you hire to handle the installation.
While less expensive than a masonry chimney, prefabricated chimneys are more expensive than metal chimneys in most cases and require more specific replacement parts when it comes time to repair them.
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