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Types of Masonry Restoration

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Whether you have an old, historical home or a modern house with a masonry chimney, you may have to have masonry restoration work done at some point. The most common cause of masonry repair is water damage as water can leak into masonry joints and wear them down, causing deterioration. Other causes of masonry repair are weathering, earthquake damage, poor workmanship, and negligence, according to WiseGeek, an informational website. When talking about masonry restoration, you should know there are different types, and if you need any repair work done, it is important to find a company experienced in the different types of masonry restoration, like Advanced Chimney Techniques. Our masons know how to do each type of this repair work, and we would like to tell you more about the different types of masonry restoration we provide.

● Tuck Pointing

One of the most common types of masonry restoration, tuck pointing is the process of removing damaged and deteriorating mortar in masonry joints, and then restoring those joints with new materials. A painstaking process, tuck pointing is made even more complicated when an older house is involved. Today’s mortar materials differ greatly in terms of hardness and permeability when compared to the bricks and mortars of years’ past. Experienced masons like the ones at Advanced Chimney Techniques know to think about the original materials when dealing with an older home because if they used modern materials, the chimney structure will be unsound because the new and old materials will not work together properly. Our technicians make sure the repairs are invisible and strong enough to last for years.

● Chimney Crown Restoration

As your chimney crown sits atop your chimney protecting it from the elements and animals, it is completely exposed to rain and snow, which causes water erosion damage as well as the sun which causes more damage from the constant heat exposure. After years of this type of damage, your chimney crown starts to crack and spalling begins to occur, and when this happens, repair is a top priority because you do not want water leaking into your chimney and penetrating into your masonry joints causing even more problems. Advanced Chimney Techniques has over 31 years working with chimney crown restoration, and we can recommend a couple of different approaches, depending on the condition of your crown. If you have minimal damage, our technicians can apply a crown coat repair, a flexible sealant that covers the entire crown, sealing all cracks and creating a waterproof barrier. If the damage is greater, we will most likely have to construct a new chimney crown for you; however, with our years of experience, we can build a crown to last a lifetime as well as coat the new crown with a waterproof sealant to protect it from rain and snow.

● Fireplace Refacing

If you have an older fireplace whose looks need improving, fireplace refacing may be what you need to make your fireplace the beautiful showpiece of your home. Our technicians at Advanced Chimney Techniques can simply install a new mantle or completely reface the mantle using new materials such as marble, different colors of bricks, stone, tile, or granite. Veneers are another option. Made from different materials in many different colors and patterns, we can customize veneers to fit your old fireplace and install it over the existing surface.

For more information about the different types of masonry restoration we provide, schedule an appointment with Advanced Chimney Techniques to talk to our experienced staff. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.