Masonry Repair Services in Fairfield County
The chimney crown is an essential part of your chimney system. The crown is a concrete top designed to pitch water to the sides where it can easily run off. However, crowns do not last forever and will develop cracks and deteriorate. If not addressed, water can penetrate into your chimney causing bricks to break or loosen up. This will result in a much more costly repair.
There are two types of repairs for crowns, sealing or complete replacement. If your crown has only minor cracks a chimney crown sealant can be applied. It is a flexible waterproof sealant that gets installed over your existing crown. Four Seasons Chimney & Roolfing, LLC is partial to CrownSeal because it comes with a 15 year warranty.
When a crown has deteriorated past the point of sealing a full replacement is the only option. The existing crown must be removed and a new concrete one poured. Some inexperienced masons will install a thin layer of mortar over the existing crown. The problem with this is it will crack very quickly leaving you with the exact same problem. Four Seasons Chimney & Roofing, LLC will do the job right and make sure the problem is solved.
Your chimney is constantly exposed to the harsh elements of the outdoors. After years of enduring these conditions, its mortar will begin to deteriorate. This causes holes and cracks in the mortar and leaves your chimney susceptible to water penetration. This is why it is important to repair or replace this mortar before more costly repairs are required
The process of repointing involves grinding or scraping the damaged mortar out from between the bricks and then replacing it with new mortar. It is important that the old mortar joint is correctly removed and cleaned for proper adhesion of new mortar. This simple process can add years of life to your chimney.
Four Seasons Chimney & Roofing, LLC recommends protecting your investment by waterproofing your chimney with ChimneySaver water repellent after repointing. Call today for a free quote or to schedule service.
Brick chimneys may need to be rebuilt after years of water damage has compromised the masonry structure beyond the point where normal repairs would be effective. Rebuilds may also be required if a home's foundation settles, of if storm damage such as a lightning strike separates the chimney from the house.
When you hire Four Seasons Chimney & Roofing, LLC for a chimney rebuild, we'll begin by removing the damaged section of the chimney. This can be as small as the top couple rows or as large as the entire chimney down to the foundation. The most common however is from the roof line up as this is the area exposed to the elements. The chimney is then rebuilt with all new brick and mortar to match original dimensions. The rebuild is completed with a new pitched concrete crown. We then recommend that you waterproof your chimney with ChimneySaver water repellent.