Do you tuck-point brick?
Only if your bricks are sound. Bricks often separate from mortar creating gaps, cracks and voids. Over time, water enters the cracks and freezes creating larger gaps and the bricks to be loose. If bricks are loose, then “tuck-pointing” will surly not be a permanent solution. We would recommend re-setting that brick in a new full bed of mortar. If the brick, when tapped with a hammer is still sound (aka stable or solid) then we could tuck point, which will require us to grind additional mortar away.
I think my flashing is bad… can you check it out?
Roof leaks are often located around the chimney flashing. Sulco will inspect and repair your flashing. Usually the caulk which makes the metal stick to the brick will peal away allowing water to flow into your attic and later onto your drywall creating a noticeable water spot.
Do you Install chimney caps?
Yes, chimney caps are essential to protecting your chimney from animals, excess moisture, and debris from entering your chimney.
Do you rebuild chimneys?
Rebuilding chimneys is one of our specialties. Not many other Cleveland masonry companies can say that the majority of their masonry projects are chimneys. In 2011 alone we rebuilt 20 chimneys ranging for chimneys as small as 10 sq. feet to as large as 500 sq. feet. Here are a few of our before and after pictures.
Will the new brick match my existing brick?
It will be close. I know this isn’t the reassurance you were looking for, but brick manufactures are not exactly consistent from year to year. What this means for you is if we know exactly what brand, make and model your brick was made with when your house was built, the bricks we would purchase today would not be and exact match. Most of the time, the difference is not noticeable from the street and is close enough. The alternative would be to reuse your old brick, but I would like to convince you otherwise. Using new brick will ensure the time and money spent on repairing your chimney was well spent.
Why didn’t my entire chimney deteriorate in the same timeframe?
Your chimney is exposed to rain, snow, ice, wind, etc. Without proper maintenance, the mortar will deteriorate and the brick will start to spald. Chimney above the roof line will undergo 4x the amount of damage than a side of a house. One way to think about it is that the front bumper of your car will have more “damage” due to rocks, bugs, tar then the any other area of your car (under normal driving conditions)
No. That solution would only last a year. Spalding occurs when water makes its way behind the face of the brick and freezes, expanding and breaking the bond of the brick structure. This can be prevented with a water repellent sprayed about every 10 years.
Do I need my chimney sealed/protect with a water repellent?
To prevent damage, yes. Spraying water repellent will stop moisture from entering your chimney with will stop Spalding, efflorescence, mold/ fungus growth, mortar and brick deterioration. Give us a call to have your chimney or any other masonry structure waterproofed today.