Chimney tuckpointing is a great way to protect your home while giving it a clean, beautiful appearance. Sooner than later…brick or stone chimneys will need joints repaired and gaps filled where mortar has deteriorated or weakened with cracks and/or holes. Getting the highest point of your home repaired and maintained is important in order to protect the interior of your home.
Chimney tuckpointing is a specialty that requires a skilled professional to complete the task. If it looks easy when he’s doing the job, don’t be fooled. There are a lot of people who thought it was easy, and you get something that looks like this. (see picture)
There are some DIY jobs around the house that are not recommended, and this is certainly one of them. If you’ve never attempted tuckpointing and if you’ve never tried matching the mortar colors, it’s best to leave it to a professional from Superior Chimney. Why? Because the joints need to be accurate and precise and the mortar needs to be prepared properly. Too many mistakes can be made without the expertise.
Size of the Chimney
Chimney’s come in all sizes and shapes. Chimney tuckpointing will go from the top of the chimney all the way down to the base. This means that the flashing may need special attention. You want to be sure that the weather elements remain in front of the flashing and not behind. Directing the elements away from the chimney is the best way to keep moisture from entering your home.
Repairing the Chimney
When Superior Chimney comes to your home to evaluate the chimney tuckpointing project, the technician will take pictures and explain the work that needs to be done. If the chimney has gone a long time and is in disrepair, the technician will show you why.
Remember, this is an important investment in your home. The chimney acts more than just a place for the smoke to leave your home, it may also be connected to your water and air heating appliances. The chimney is an important element to the infrastructure of your home.
Chimney tuckpointing requires materials to be used. As you begin the project, the technician will assess mortar color and finish. Most homeowners would like the mortar to match the rest of the home. Our staff works to get as close to the color to match the existing mortar as possible. Now if you want to have some fun, you certainly can choose another color and have your chimney be a focal point to your home. Your choice!
Let’s not forget the brick or stone. If needed, we’ll help you to learn how to match the new bricks to the current color bricks or stone on your home.
One material you definitely want on your restored chimney is Chimney Saver. It’s a great waterproofing material that seals the weather elements out and ensures the integrity of the repairs remain intact. The benefits far outweigh the investment. Chimney Saver will minimize the amount of deterioration on the bricks as well as the masonry work. It will prevent water absorbing into both the porous bricks and masonry. Finally, it’s a great way to stave off future chimney tuckpointing repair.
Let’s Get Your Chimney Checked Out Time to get started. Give us a call at 877-244-6349 to set up an appointment. We’re here to get your chimney evaluated so you can keep the inside of your home dry and safe.