Yes. In order to fully inspect your fireplace system, we must access the top as well. If your fireplace is serviced without having the top inspected, we would be doing you a disservice. There are many things we look for to make sure your fireplace is up to par, and not in need of repair. None of them should be overlooked if at all possible. There are some situations in which we may refer you to another local fireplace technician if we feel we would not be able to adequately service your fireplace.