Strengthen Your Chimney With Our Masonry Repair & Tuckpointing Services
Whether you’re building a new home with a fireplace, remodeling the chimney in your current space, or just need some big chimney damages addressed, we’re the team to trust with all of your masonry-related services. Our certified and experienced crew specializes in all things masonry, and we can build, rebuild, repair, or remodel your fireplace and chimney, no problem. Trust in us to get the job done right.
Do I Need Tuckpointing Services?
Even the most well-built and well-maintained chimneys require maintenance from time to time. Your bricks and mortar are constantly facing the elements and, without regular repairs and preventive maintenance, they’ll be much more susceptible to damage.
Why is your masonry so vulnerable when left exposed and unprotected? Aren’t bricks known for being strong and indestructible? Well, bricks and mortar are both porous materials that absorb water when exposed to it. Over time, this soaked-in water causes the materials to break down, and when winter arrives, the freeze/thaw process will cause the bricks to spall and mortar joints crack.
Once your mortar starts crumbling, tuckpointing services are a must. The longer you avoid repairs, the worse the issues will become, and eventually an entire rebuild may be necessary. It’s always going to be better to invest in repair services early on rather than an expensive rebuild down the line.
Tuckpointing (also known as pointing or repointing) is done by grinding out the existing damaged mortar joints to a consistent depth, then “tucking” new mortar into those cracks. Our techs are trained to match your old mortar to the new, ensuring the repairs are virtually unnoticeable. And once that’s complete, we can waterproof your chimney to keep it from happening again.
How Can I Protect My Masonry?
So, we’ve mentioned tuckpointing, which helps restore your masonry, but what can be done to protect it once repairs are completed?
- Crown Repairs/Rebuilds: A well-built and reliable crown will do a lot to keep your masonry in good shape for the long haul. The crown’s main job is to direct water out and away from the sides of your chimney, so your bricks and mortar face less exposure overall. But in order to do this it needs to be built right – and from the right materials, too.
- Chimney Waterproofing: We mentioned it above, but it’s worth mentioning again. Waterproofing is the best way to keep your masonry protected against water, snow, sleet, and any other moisture it might be exposed to. It ensures the water beads up and rolls off, rather than soaks in, helping you avoid major damage over time.
- Install a Chimney Cap: Chimney caps keep water from entering the inside of your flue, where it can then break down your masonry from the inside out. Chimney caps play a big role in protecting your system from water entry, and they offer many other benefits as well, so be sure to invest in one that’s reliably built. (And have a professional properly install it, too.)
- Schedule an Inspection: Not sure where your system stands? Schedule an inspection with our team today, and we’d be happy to look things over. Many times bigger masonry-related issues could have been easily avoided if an inspection was completed and minor flaws were spotted ahead of time. This is why annual inspections are so encouraged in this industry!
We Are Owens Corning Dealers
We are a proud dealer of Owens Corning products, which means we can take your drab, boring fireplace and give it a boost with brick, rock, or cultured stone. Once we’re through, your old boring fireplace will finally be that beautiful centerpiece you’ve been dreaming of.
Looking to dress up the exterior of your home as well? We can install matching stones on both your home and chimney, creating a custom look unlike anything else in your neighborhood.
When it comes to your masonry, delaying the necessary will only make things harder – and more expensive – to address down the line. Give our experts a call today at 631-738-0005 or request your next appointment by reaching out online.