Our lead masons each have over 15 years experience in the chimney industry. They know fireplace and chimney masonry and they understand the importance of . . .
Repointing / Tuckpointing
Repointing and tuckpointing replaces missing or loose mortar that holds the bricks of your masonry chimney together. Occasional repair of any mortar joints is expected over the life of your brick masonry but masonry chimneys are especially susceptible to the elements and deterioration. Our Masons select the proper mortar mix to match your existing mortar color and brick profile.
Smoke Chamber Parging
The smoke chamber is the sloped section of the fireplace above the firebox. It is what directs the smoke and gases up the flue of your chimney. Not only is it usually the hardest area to get to or to work on, it is easily one of the most overlooked areas in the chimney system. It is also the area of the chimney that is exposed to the highest temperatures. More often than not, it is built or finished incorrectly.
The National Fire Protection Association Code Book (NFPA 211) states, “The inner surfaces of the smoke chamber shall be parge coated smooth, with an insulating refractory mortar.”
International Residential Code (IRC) states, “When the inside surface of the smoke chamber is formed by corbeled masonry, the inside surface shall be parged smooth.”
Parging the smoke chamber is important because it allows the gasses and smoke to escape quickly and efficiently, which in turn makes less creosote.
Spalling bricks happen when water enters through the brick and the brick starts to crumble. If not taken care of, the face (front) of the brick can pop off.
Mortar Chimney Crowns
The top of your chimney is constantly exposed to extreme weather and potential hazards: water penetration, access by birds and animals, and debris. A properly constructed mortar chimney crown (wash) and the addition of a chimney cap help prevent these frustrating and dangerous problems.
Improperly built crowns are a common problem. If yours is cracked or poorly constructed, allowing water penetration or posing a fire hazard, we’ll build a proper masonry crown wash that gives you peace of mind.
Bricks that are cracked or spall offer no support to your masonry chimney or wall. We can remove individual defective bricks to prevent further damage to your structure. We can usually match your brick and mortar with new bricks from various supply houses we team up with.
A specifically formulated waterproofing agent, Chimney Saver®, when professionally applied to the chimney’s outer surface, provides a ten year manufacturer warranty protection against water damage.