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What is Masonry, Brick and Chimney Tuckpointing?
Tuckpointing is the term used to describe the process of repairing the mortar between bricks. The term is derived from the repair process of grinding out the old mortar and “tucking” new mortar into the brick joints using a pointed trowel.
When is Tuckpointing needed?
Any time there is loose or missing mortar between the bricks on your chimney or brickwork, it is time for repair. Because of their constant exposure to the elements, chimneys are especially susceptible to mortar failure. Moisture, moss, freeze/thaw cycles and settling are all factors that contribute to mortar decay.
Decayed, broken or missing mortar will allow water penetration to the inside of your chimney and this water infiltration will lead to damage that will require extensive and costly repair to the inside of the chimney structure. The earlier that chimney repairs are made the better.
Tuckpointing is also something that can really revitalize your home. Just like painting your house, tuckpointing can really spruce up the look of old brickwork.
The Tuckpointing Process
Masonry masters will identify the areas of mortar that need to be replaced and repaired. We then remove any loose mortar and grind away decomposed or unsound mortar. After we have thoroughly cleaned all the dust and loose debris from the work area we apply new mortar to the joints between the bricks.
The mortar we use is mixed using special agents that are designed to form a strong water tight bond with the existing mortar as well as the bricks themselves.
Chimney Crown Repair
The chimney crown is the top part of the chimney, which covers and seals the top of the chimney from the flue liner to the outside edge. Although often overlooked, the chimney crown is one of the most important parts of the entire chimney structure. The crown, or chimney wash (as it is sometimes called), keeps moisture out of the entire chimney system.
The chimney crown is often made from the same mortar as is used on the bricks during the original construction, this type of crown can and does deteriorate which can lead to expensive repair bills for you if not caught early. Masonry Masters will always closely inspect the chimney crown for soundness and make necessary repairs using specially formulated mortar to ensure a durable, waterproof and long serviceable life.
Chimney Rain Caps and Guards
Chimney rain caps and guards serve several purposes:
• Keeping rain and snow out of your chimney
• Keeping out unwanted guests (birds, bats, raccoons etc.)
• Improving the draft of your fireplace
• Fire safety – minimize the sparks from the top of your chimney
If you should need a new chimney rain cap, Masonry Masters will help you choose the chimney cap that will best suit your needs. We can fit any size or shape of chimney you may have, and we can special order should the need arise.
Call Masonry Masters today. One of our tuckpointing and chimney repair experts will come by to inspect your project and give you a free estimate*!