Before any restoration project begins, the chimney is inspected to assess its condition. We then tailor a solution to accommodate your needs, your budget, and your plans for use.
Flue Restoration & Relining: One of the ways we’re able to make an old masonry chimney fit for use again is to outfit it with a stainless steel lining system.
Masonry Repair & Repointing: Many older chimneys also require masonry repair or pointing work. Pointing is the art of repairing the mortar between the bricks so that it matches the existing mortar. It’s crucial to keep your chimney’s brick and mortar in good shape to prevent water from seeping in. Even small chimney leaks can end up turning into big problems, as we’ve seen rainwater get into the ceilings and walls of a home this way. Our technicians will also be able to update your chimney with a chimney cap (to keep rain, debris, birds, and animals out of your chimney) and a chimney damper (to keep expensive conditioned air inside your home).
How Do I Know if I Need My Fireplace Restored?
If you experience a fire due to problems with your fireplace, that’s obviously the biggest clue that it needs some restoration work. Run-down fireplaces can have combustion occur inside the chimney rather than in the fire box, causing a pretty significant emergency.
This can require major restoration work, not just to the chimney, but also to the chimney liner, hearth and masonry.
You should also have your fireplace and chimney liner inspected for any cracks, chips, obstructions, creosote buildups or other potential issues. If you yourself spot any of these problems, or notice that your chimney is slanted or leaning unnecessarily, these would all be reasons to look into fireplace restoration.
Next, you should consider the fireplace in relation to the aesthetic of your home. Is the surround outdated or out of sync with the rest of the décor? Fireplace restoration for aesthetic purposes may be as simple as a fresh mantel or some upgraded tile or masonry work around the hearth. If you live in a historic building, there are even restoration specialists who bring period pieces back to their former glory.