Your chimney keeps your home and family safe when you use your fireplace. For this reason, it’s important to have your chimney swept and inspected regularly. Masonry repair is a common need for many homeowners, and it includes chimney crown repair, flashing repair, and chimney repointing.
Chimney Crown Repair
You can think of a chimney crown like an umbrella. It keeps rain, snow, and other debris from falling through the chimney onto the damper or into the fireplace. In fact, the chimney crown can save you thousands of dollars in water damage when it is properly installed and maintained. Chimney crown repair is relatively common, and North American Chimney is trained and experienced in repairing concrete crowns of all shapes and sizes.
Masonry consists of the bricks and mortar that make up the entire chimney structure. Most of the time, chimney damage is caused by the penetration of moisture through this masonry, either through a crack or a failed chimney crown. If your chimney has loose bricks, rust, or damaged mortar joints, your home is in danger of water damage. Water can seep through cracks and damaged areas, then expands as it freezes, making the damage even worse. Annual chimney inspection can help prevent this damage, and North American Chimney can assist in all your masonry restoration projects.
Chimney Flashing Repair
Chimney flashing consists of pieces of metal installed around the area where your chimney meets your roof. This is designed to create a waterproof seal and prevent roof leaks in this area. However, at the same time, this is the area of your chimney and roof that is most vulnerable to damage. Fortunately, chimney flashing is often relatively simple to repair, but it should be left in the hands of capable professionals. North American Chimney has repaired chimney flashing for thousands of customers.
The term “spalling” is used to describe the process by which water damage causes bricks to fall out of your chimney and onto your roof or the ground. Freezing and thawing cycles, such as those that are so common in the Northeastern USA, are the prime culprits when it comes to spalling. Fortunately, regular inspection can treat moisture penetration before spalling can occur, and maintenance can completely prevent water damage.
North American Chimney is an authority when it comes to masonry repair, flashing repair, chimney repointing, and chimney crown repair. A well-maintained chimney will allow your family to use your fireplace safely for generations, and there’s nothing more comforting than a roaring fire on a cold winter’s day.
A chimney’s pointing is the external part of the mortar joints, which holds the masonry together. Over time, mortar can decay between the bricks and create an area for moisture and water to enter. Repointing is a service that refills those voids with mortar to prevent water damage. Although the bricks that make up your chimney may last 100 years or more, pointing typically only lasts 20, and even less in areas where the temperature drops below freezing regularly. North American Chimney performs chimney repointing on all chimney types and sizes.