Chimney Repair in Frisco
There is no doubt about it, a chimney is not the most glamorous part of any Frisco home. In fact, it is probably the one part of your home that gets overlooked most often. However, the fact of the matter is that it is vitally important if you want to maintain your home’s structural and esthetic integrity. At Brick Experts DFW, we are keenly aware of the importance that chimneys play in homes across Frisco, it is for this reason that we devote so much time and energy to providing a superior chimney repair service that will not be beaten for price, quality or convenience.
We know that our residential clients often don’t have the time, energy or expertise to repair their roof to the highest possible standard, and instead need to rely on the professionals to do so. That is where we come in. Our superior chimney repair service is second to none and we will do all we can to get your damaged chimney back to its very best in no time at all.
Four Signs Your Chimney Needs to Be Repaired
What many people don’t know is that you can’t always tell that your Frisco home’s chimney isn’t safe or sound. That being said, there are a number of visible signs which indicate that your home’s chimney may need to be repaired and every responsible homeowner needs to pay close attention to these signs:
- Damaged Mortar Joints: While it may require a rooftop vantage point to identify it, damaged mortar joints between chimney masonry is an issue which should be hastily repaired. What you need to know about mortar joints is that once a small issue starts it can turn into a bigger problem almost immediately.
- Rusted Firebox: One major red flag for chimney damage is if there are signs of moisture in the chimney or fireplace. Rust is one sign that there is too much moisture in the firebox. If your firebox becomes difficult to operate, then you need to examine it further to see if it is sealing properly. Moisture in the chimney which causes rusting can create numerous problems, including causing flue tiles to crack. A cracked flue is highly dangerous and may allow too much heat into vulnerable areas of your house.
- Spalling Bricks: Spalling occurs when water enters brick, natural stone or concrete and forces the surface of the masonry to pop out, fall off or flake off. On top of that, it is also possible that spalling is caused by salt pushing outwards. In general, it’s pretty straightforward to spot spalling since bits of masonry will fall off the chimney causing continued crumbling.
- Shaling Flue Tiles: If the liner of your chimney is damaged, then it can result in thin slices of chimney tile beginning to pile up at the bottom of the chimney. What you need to know is that the flue lining of the chimney needs to be intact in order to use a fireplace safely.
Chimney Flashing Repair
Because so many of our Frisco clients own chimneys but don’t have the faintest idea how they work, the chimney experts at Brick Experts DFW are putting together this guide to the essential elements of chimney repair. With you better informed about the marvel of structural engineering that is your chimney, you’ll be able to tell if your stack needs repairing—before the problem gets severe.
Today’s entry is all about Chimney Flashing. We’ve taken some of the most common questions our clients ask us about chimney flashing and put them here for your reference!
What Is Chimney Flashing and What Does it Have To Do With Chimney Repair?
Chimney flashing is metal plating that joins your roof to your chimney and set with caulking and mortar. It keeps the barrier between these two surfaces intact which will prevent water from leaking into your ceiling or down your chimney! While it looks simple, it plays a super-important role in keeping your roof safe from moisture.
What Is Chimney Flashing Made Of?
Chimney flashing is always made of metal. Pound per pound, metal is more resistant to water than any other material and will last longer, which means that when you hire the chimney repair guys to fix your chimney flashing, you won’t have to think about it again for at least a decade!
There are some different metals you can choose from for your chimney flashing, including galvanized steel, lead, copper, lead-coated copper, and even zinc!
How Much Does Chimney Flashing Cost?
Like many things in life, it depends! We can’t say without having one of our chimney experts take a look at your setup. For example, if you have a traditional brick-and-mortar chimney, you’ve got a complicated structural feature on top of your home. Installing flashing that both complements its look and supports it adequately tends to be more expensive.
If you have a metal chimney flue (i.e., not a ‘true chimney’), repairing the flashing is less complicated but also less effective at preventing water from entering your home.
When Should I Replace My Chimney Flashing?If you notice a roof leak, you should call for repairs right away!
The biggest problem that a broken or damaged chimney tends to cause to cause is water leaking in between the flashing and the step flashing. This water leaking can be as mild as piles of wet soot collecting at the bottom of the flue or as extreme as soaked and damaged insulation in your attic, depending on the severity of the problem.
This added moisture doesn’t belong in your house. It can rot the structure under the flashing around your chimney, causing you to need to shell out for roof repairs well before you ought to. Moreover, it can cause you problems with all aspects of your home. It can even cause harmful mold to grow in your drywall, which can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and renovations down the line.
Call Brick Experts DFW today to learn more about your chimney flashing and how simple repairing it can be!
Chimney Replacement or Repair?
Do you have a problem with your chimney? Have you noticed damage to your parging? Is the mortar sticking out between bricks? Are the bricks becoming discolored? Are there cracks in the chimney crown or in the chimney itself?
For the everyday Frisco consumer, chimney repair can feel very overwhelming. And how could it be otherwise? It’s not like you want to get on top of your roof to take a closer look. And even if you did, would you really know what you’re looking at? Probably not.
Many masonry companies will tell you that your chimney needs to be rebuilt if they find a problem. Chimney replacement is a big, invasive, and expensive project.
At Brick Experts DFW, we always give you options. When we run an assessment on your chimney, we’ll be able to tell you what the relative cost differential is between repair and replacement. If it makes more sense to repair it, that’s what we’ll suggest—even if it means less money for us at the end of the day.
Brick Pointing in Frisco
The main technique we use to repair chimneys is called brick pointing. Over time and with the regular wear of the years and the seasons, the mortar that joins each brick together can wear down. It can chip, crack, and decay. Holes may form in the mortar and water can enter through these holes. This process is especially problematic when temperatures drop below zero and the moisture freezes. This can cause all sorts of structural issues, turning your chimney into a real health hazard.
Brick pointing is the process by which the mortar joints are repaired. First, the old mortar is removed, to the depth at which there is a consistent level of good mortar. This delicate process needs to be done carefully so as to avoid damaging the bricks. Once the mortar is removed, everything is cleaned and prepped for the new mortar filling.
Then the long process of filling the mortar begins. This slow and laborious process must be done over a series of days, so that small quantities of mortar can be laid on and dried and progressively added to. The brick pointing is complete when the mortar is consistent between all the bricks and is properly set.
In some cases, Brick Experts DFW will deconstruct sections or whole chimneys and rebuild them. This may involve saving the original masonry or using new masonry. One of the challenges of this kind of job is matching the bricks or stone walls of the house with the chimney. For this reason, we prefer using the original masonry where possible.
If it’s too damaged, we will try to find a match with new masonry. Usually 80% of the time we can find a match for the original chimney masonry. Our goal is to integrate your chimney into the original construction so that it appears as if no work has ever been done.