Chimneys should last 50 years or more if correctly maintained and properly equipped. This includes regular cleaning of fireplace flues and ensuring that furnace flues are appropriately lined; but equally important is keeping the masonry of the chimney in good order.
This is where we come in – many chimneys need tuckpointing or other masonry repairs over the years since it is a free standing structure which is directly exposed to the elements from all sides.
Minor chimney repairs typically needed would be things such as tuckpointing the deep mortar joints and holes, replacing clay flue tiles, or re-cementing the chimney crown to protect from rain and melting snow. If the bricks are chipped, you might also need brick restoration.
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.
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.