Brickwork when in peak condition looks beautiful and serves the structural function of keeping your home stable and safe. If the masonry falls into disrepair, many problems could be waiting for you with every crumbling mortar joint and broken brick. Tuck-pointing facilitated by our team at Wilkens Contracting will see your damaged mortar replaced with fresh mortar, bringing you many benefits in the process.
The corrosion of your mortar joints and the overall decrease to the stability of your structure is stopped in its tracks when you obtain quality tuck-pointing from professionals. We will restore the overall quality of your brick structure, whether it is your home’s wall or chimney.
Prevents Water Damage
Maybe your home has already suffered from some water damage, and that is how you found out you needed brick repair in the first place. By calling Wilkens Contracting and letting us facilitate your tuck-pointing, we can prevent further damage to your home and to your wallet. Repairing the joints in your bricks, whether it is on your wall or maybe your chimney is simply home maintenance.
Obtaining repairs on your brick walls or chimney when the damage first begins to become apparent will save you money in the long run. It is much more cost-effective to tuck-point brickwork before the destruction compounds. If you leave the repairs too late, it could result in a whole tear down and rebuild of the wall or chimney, generating a much more significant expense than a small restoration job would have cost.
On top of the savings from an extensive restoration job, you could be gaining money. When your home is in excellent condition, with top-notch masonry on display, the value of your house can improve. Whether you are looking to sell, or just appreciate a smaller hit to your wallet, tuck-pointing is a financially viable option of repair.
We offer a free masonry estimate to all of our potential clients. Just provide us with your contact information and what you are looking to have done, and one of our friendly and knowledgeable members of our team will get back to you promptly.
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How Can a New Chimney Benefit my Home
This winter season have you been noticing the poor state of your chimney or fireplace, leading you to question how your old, worn-out ventilation stack might be causing you and your home harm? Obtaining a new chimney could see you receiving many more benefits to your life than your poorly maintained chimney was giving you. Enlisting the help of our expert team of builders at Wilkens Contracting could hold you in great stead come the next winter season!
Increased Heating and Safety
A chimney in poor working order will not be as efficient at heating your home and releasing the smoke out into the sky. You might not want to use it for fear of its degenerative state. With a new chimney, you can use your fireplace more effectively, heating your home without worry.
Using your fireplace and new chimney regularly could also see you saving money when it comes to your heating bills.
Your overall mood and emotional state could benefit this winter season thanks to a new chimney, as you will be more likely to use your fireplace. And what’s better than curling up by a fire, with a good book and a nice cup of tea during the winter? Not much. Your fireplace is the perfect setting for a romantic evening in or a relaxing afternoon too.
We offer a free chimney estimate to all of our potential clients who wish to hire us to build a new chimney, or repair their old one. We do this as a way to show our sincerity at transparency. Just provide us with your contact information and what you are looking to have done, and we will get back to you in a prompt manner!
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Where to Get Brick Restoration Done
As a fully licensed and insured family based company, we here at Wilkens Contracting have over forty years of experience in the restoration and construction industry. We take pride in our quality work, as well as our superior customer service, as we treat every client as if they were a member of the family. If you require a high caliber of brick restoration, our expert team of professionals is here to help. How can we help you might ask? Please read on to find out!
Hiring a professional for brick restoration is the smart thing to do, as it will result in structurally sound, high-quality, and aesthetically pleasing results.
Wilkens Contracting has been in the business of masonry restoration since 1977, aiding the Greater Toronto Area with countless projects. With hands-on experience and comprehensive knowledge of the industry, our expert team has the know-how and skill to get your brick restoration done!
Noticing the crumbling of your bricks, known as spalling, or the degenerating quality of your brickwork, resulting in a structural weak or aesthetically unpleasant masonry? Deteriorating bricks can be replaced and blended in to your original masonry walls.
That is why we are in the business of restoration- to help those in need of it. We offer repair and tuck-pointing services to restore the overall quality of your brickwork. We can replace your crumbling mortar or bricks with matching types, as we have a wide array of brick types, including antique ones, to fit a range of home aesthetics in the Toronto area. We will make sure our mortar matches your current colour and texture, so the repairs do not stand out from the rest of your home’s masonry work. We can also add new brick openings to your home if you would like an added window or door.
We offer a free restoration estimate to all of our potential clients as a way to show our sincerity at transparency and our eagerness to maintain the overall integrity of your home. Just provide us with your contact information and what you are looking to have completed and we will get back to you in a friendly and prompt manner!
Contact us online, or call 416-425-8055 for Wilkens Contracting today!
A fireplace can be the linchpin in a room’s design, bringing together the flow, colour, and overall aesthetic of your place into one gorgeous and tranquil feature of your home, perfect for finding a bit of peace in your chaotic life. Wilkens Contracting is a fully licensed and insured family based company who takes pride in our ability to transform old fireplaces into beautifully rendered, quality made, and highly functional centerpieces of our clients’ homes.
Designing and styling your home to reflect your personal preferences and own style is important, as your home is your sanctuary from the outside world. A fireplace is a way to relax and appreciate the little things in life- a good book or show, a decent cup of coffee, and the ability to curl up with a loved one in a cold winter evening. Such an influential characteristic of a room should have the aesthetic to match.
Your Aesthetic is Our Command
At Wilkens Contracting we can transform your fireplace into the perfect haven to unwind after a stressful and eventful day. The facade and outer hearth of your fireplace can be molded by our expert and professional hands to bring your vision to life, no matter what that might entail. With 35 years of experience in facilitating these designs for our clients, we can build you a quality fireplace for your home.
Obtaining a quality made fireplace will see you benefiting in more ways than one. Enjoy the warmth and coziness that your personally designed fireplace affords you offering you a serene place to decompress while saving money on heating bills all at the same time. On top of these fantastic advantages, you could also increase your home’s overall value, as many potential buyers would pay extra to obtain a house with a well-made fireplace.
We offer a free estimate to all of our potential clients interested in redesigning or building their fireplace, as a way to show our sincerity at transparency. Just provide us with your contact information and what you are looking to have done and we will get back to you in a prompt and friendly manner!
Servicing the Greater Toronto Area, you are only a phone call away from obtaining a gorgeously new, and wholly your own, fireplace. Contact us online, or call us at 416-425-8055.
If your home, or office, is made out of brick or stone walls, at some point you will need access to a professional mason. This is especially true if you are located in Canada, as weather exposure and elemental damage of brickwork are far worse during the nation’s prolonged winter months. If you are not actively keeping an eye on the brickwork of your home, and the seasonal damage acquired, the structural integrity could be compromised, resulting in disastrous consequences. Therefore, it is essential to you and your home’s safety, to routinely look for damaged brickwork and enlist the proper help for repairs. Here at Wilkens Contracting, we provide professional and expert masonry repairs to the GTA and beyond.
Continue to read through this post to recognize the signs of repairs.
Bowed, or bulging, bricks that can be seen in your outer wall is a significant sign of needed repair. If you notice that the bricks in your wall are jutting out, or caving in, there must be excess moisture behind the material. This water damage can cause more structural problems if not dealt with, so if you notice deformed bricks in your wall, now is the time to call us at Wilkens Contracting!
To deal with this water damage, our team would remove the affected bricks, assess the problem, replace the damaged bricks with new, matching bricks, and rebuild the section.
Although they sound much more dangerous than they are, stress cracks occur on a regular basis. A crack in your foundation, within 30 degrees of vertical, signifies natural expansion. Cracks should still be repaired by a professional as soon as you notice them. Even though they may not cause an immediate structural problem, if left alone, water can seep into the cracks causing more severe damage, like bulging bricks.
If you call Wilkens Contracting for your masonry repairs, we can quickly fix your stress cracks. Our team will colour match the repair as close as possible.
Listed above are just a few of the adverse effects Canadian weather can have on masonry work. If you fear that your brickwork has fallen into disrepair and you need a professional and expert mason to facilitate the repair, our team can help.
Wilkens Contracting offers professional and expert masonry repairs for those seeking help in the GTA. We see the beauty in perfectly executed masonry. Our company takes pride in the work we do, and we want you to take pride in it with us.
Contact us online and fill out our free estimation form to get your restorations underway!
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Benefits Of A Fireplace In My Home
Some things in life can’t be beaten; the pristine beauty of a winter’s first snowfall, being the first one to jump into that untouched snow, and the feeling you get after coming in from the cold outdoors, stripping off those wet clothes, and thawing out in front of a warm fire. Looking to indulge yourself this winter in much the same way, but your fireplace has fallen into disrepair? No need to worry! Wilkens Contracting offers the GTA expert fireplace repairs and builds for those looking to benefit from a fire this winter.
Eco-friendly heating, or just a great alternative to using electricity, a fireplace is a perfect way to heat your home. Light a fire to add a little extra warmth to your home, on top of your electricity, or use it as a sole source of heating and cut down on your energy costs!
What’s best, if the power ever goes out, especially during the winter, you will have your fireplace to keep you warm.
What’s better than snuggling up to the fire with a big blanket, a cup of tea, and a great book? Not much, that’s what! Fireplaces offer a space to recline and unwind, letting the warmth seep through your bones and muscles to reach optimum relaxation.
Alone, or huddled around the crackling flames with family and friends, there is nothing cozier than spending some quality time in front of your fireplace.
The ambiance of a fireplace can completely change the dynamic of the room. Set a blazing fire to completely light up the room during those cold, dark winter nights, or keep a small flame alight for those romantic dinner plans of yours. Whatever your intentions, using a fireplace to set the mood will make your space feel that much more warm and inviting for you and your guests.
That’s where we come in, as Wilkens Contracting has decades of experience in repairing and maintaining the proper safety standards of fireplaces and chimneys across the GTA. Whether you are in the market for repairs, rebuilds, or a new fireplace, Wilkens Contracting has you covered!
Contact us online or visit our facility in person to get your fireplace builds and repairs underway with us this season!
With the onset of winter, Toronto homes are turning to their fireplaces and heating systems to stay warm this season. Have you noticed the state of your chimney leaves something to be desired? Are you unable to use it this winter as it has fallen into disrepair? Wilkens Contracting offers quality chimney repair to the Toronto area, and beyond, to help those who need to keep warm this winter!
Continue to read through this article to learn how our masonry company can help you this season.
Wilkens Contracting has been servicing Toronto since our establishment in 1977. We are a fully licensed and insured family based company that aims to treat every client as if they were part of the family! All work is performed by our own team, thoroughly trained and wholly qualified to take on any masonry job you may need help completing.
When you hire our company, for all of your masonry needs, you will obtain friendly and professional help, that will be able to extend the life of your chimney for many more decades to come. Whatever you may need; tuck pointing, replacing flue tiles, re-cementing chimney crowns, brick restoration, and more, our expert team has you covered.
Don’t just take our word for it, check out our testimonials to hear from our previously satisfied clients.
Unfortunately, chimney repair fraud is a very real thing. It is essential to understand this before contracting someone or some company to do the work for you. Some will attempt to frighten you into hiring them, using terms like carbon monoxide poisoning or house fires to pressure you into making a quick decision.
If you feel as if you are being pushed or harassed into making a decision, then make the decision to push them out the door and look for someone else. With Wilkens Contracting, we will communicate with you openly and honestly about what your chimney or masonry repair would need, how much it would cost, and how long it would take.
We offer a free masonry estimate to all of our potential clients as a way to show our sincerity at transparency. Just provide us with your contact information and what you are looking to have repaired or replaced on your chimney, and we will get back to you in a timely manner.
Contact us online or visit our facility in person to get your repairs and builds underway with Wilkens Contracting today!
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Where Can I Get My Brick Openings Repaired?
Brick openings, whether they are windows, doors, archers, or the like, need to be accurately formed to provide the right support for the structure. If brick openings are compromised, so too is the safety of the building. The proper support is needed when dealing with any form of construction, especially so when that form is your home. If you are looking for a reliable and professional team of masons to repair your home’s brick openings, Wilkens Contracting can help!
Please read on to learn how our company can best serve you!
For stone and brickwork to keep its structural integrity around openings, it needs the proper support. A lintel is a structural member placed over an opening in a wall, to allow for this stability, supporting the load above the opening.
Lintels can be constructed using an array of materials, as long as the proper design is adhered to, usually in the form of angles, flats, or T-sections. As the Wilkens Contracting team is made up of knowledgeable masons, we will be able to facilitate brick opening repairs on any of these lintel types.
There are five methods of supporting brickwork over an opening: brick arches, steel bars and angles, prefabricated reinforced concrete, prefabricated brickwork, and directly from the reinforced concrete structure.
Each support method has its own purposes and uses depending on the size, length, aesthetic design, and location of the opening. Whether the wall is a load bearing wall or not, will also play a key role in brick opening repairs.
Wilkens Contracting and our team of professional and experienced masons will assess your home’s brick openings and lintels to see which of the five methods are being used. From there we will be able to perform the necessary repairs to revitalize your home and have it looking as good as new. Whatever issues you may be having with your brick openings, we will be able to help!
Here at Wilkens Contracting, we offer a free estimate to all potential clients so you can understand what your masonry repair or build will entail from the start, with zero hidden fees. Just provide us with your contact information and what you are looking to have repaired or replaced, and we will promptly get back to you.
Contact us online or visit our facility in person to get your masonry repairs underway today! We look forward to hearing from you.
Wilkens Contracting Inc. has been the leader in fireplace restoration in Toronto since 1977. We only work on masonry fireplaces only. Forty plus years of building and maintaining wood burning fireplaces only makes us very knowledgeable on the subject.
The main things to check on a fireplace are the condition of the hearth extension, the solidity of the firebrick interior and the operation of the damper. If your fireplace is smoking into the room it is usually caused by one of the following. The opening is too large for the chimney flue size, the damper is not high enough above the top of the opening or someone has placed a flue tile at the chimney top which is restricting the drought.
At Wilkens Contracting Inc. we are often asked to redesign the fireplace completely. With new renovations being done some of the older designs don’t fit in. We can completely rebuild the fireplace into the original structure giving you a fireplace that suits the new look of your home. That being said, many homes have stunning fireplaces and the design of the room can be worked around the fireplace itself.
Fireplaces have been around since before the wheel. They are not mysterious and properly used they are not dangerous. We don’t deal in gas or electric units because we are a masonry company, and personally, we feel a wood burning fireplace is simply the most pleasurable fireplace to have. Take a look at the main web site at Wilkens.ca and you will find the anatomy of a fireplace. This will help you understand the structure and will also help you check the various parts of your fireplace to ensure its operational design. If you are looking for fireplace repairs in the Toronto area, feel free to call us and we will surely be able to help you have the fireplace you are looking for.
If you need a chimney repair in Toronto, call Wilkens Contracting Inc. Our team is made up of well experienced masons who can efficiently and safely handle the repair of your chimney. A well maintained chimney will last for years, but one that is crumbling or is otherwise unsafe puts you at risk of fires and other property damage. If the chimney needs pointing or other repairs we can get that done and extend the life of the existing structure. In this article by Wilkens Contracting Inc. we will talk about what some of the signs are that indicate that you need chimney repair on your home in Toronto. Read on for more information.
What are the signs that your chimney needs repairs?
The first step in getting your chimney back in shape is being able to detect when there is a problem. Here are a few things to look out for:
Crumbling Brick or Mortar Joints:
If the mortar that joins the bricks together or the bricks themselves are starting to crumble, it’s time to give us a call. Brick has a long lifespan, but still needs some repairs now and then.
The damper is the mechanism that allows you to open and close the chimney above the fireplace If it starts to rust it is probably as simple as your chimney needing to be re-crowned or it may lack a chimney cap.
Full chimney replacement:
If you have an older house, the chimney may be too far gone to be repaired and thus may need to be re-built. This will be apparent if your chimney is leaning or showing signs of major brick deterioration and/or large voids between the bricks. another symptom is that the chimney is leaning or the sides of the structure are “swelling”. We do our best to find bricks that match your original ones, including antiques. We colour match the mortar and also finish the top of your chimney to replicate the period design.
Our goal is to provide homeowners with high quality chimney repairs for prices they can afford. Our rates are highly competitive, and we are constantly working to improve on our already excellent customer care. By trusting the professionals at Wilkens Contracting Inc. to take care of any repairs, your chimney can continue to work as it should well into the future. Click here to find our contact information and to request a quote.