Masonry work and repairs are often needed on chimneys and fireplaces due to fire damage, water damage, improper construction or poor maintenance. We offer tuckpointing, smoke chamber repairs, firebox repairs and rebuilds, plus chimney crown repair or replacement. We have highly skilled masonry crews that do exceptional work in all facets of masonry repair.
The firebox refers to the interior of your fireplace. Although the refractory mortar and firebricks used to construct this area are built to withstand high temperatures, over time, they deteriorate. The firebox becomes weakened with age and use or could be damaged as the result of a chimney fire. If you notice broken bricks or cracked mortar, our masonry experts can do a full or partial rebuild of the firebox, so it looks and performs like new.
Tuckpointing helps to prevent water from entering into your home or the chimney system. Tuckpointing is needed when the mortar between the bricks is cracked or missing. If the mortar joints are not repaired in a timely manner, all forms of precipitation can penetrate these areas. Over time, this deterioration leads to larger, more costly restoration.
The chimney crown is the cement slab that tops off the bricks on your chimney. Age and weather exposure can cause a crown can crack. If the cracks are not sealed, water penetrates the crown causing moisture damage to the crown itself and the bricks below. Left unrepaired, the result of the moisture damage will be spalling bricks and eventually the crown will crumble.
Spalling bricks are the result of deterioration of the brick surface that is caused by moisture. The climate in which you live, your home’s architecture, and the exterior’s condition can contribute to the impact moisture can have on the brickwork. Spalling can occur on the inside or the outside of your chimney. If unrepaired, pieces of the brick facing can fall and cause more damage to the chimney.
Sometimes the damage to a chimney is so severe that the reasonable option is to rebuild it. A chimney rebuild can consist of the entire chimney or just a portion of it, depending on the extent of the damage. Once the rebuild is done, we recommend waterproofing to protect your investment and to preserve the integrity of the chimney.