A masonry fireplace is the most traditional type of fireplace. It is constructed of bricks, cement blocks or natural stones held together by some kind of binding agent (mortar). Because they are custom built for each home, no two masonry fireplaces are alike. The National Fire Protection Agency has established safety standards for masonry fireplaces, but many existing fireplaces were built long before these safety standards were in place. Like any other part of your home, your masonry fireplace will deteriorate without regular care and maintenance. Many people believe that anything made out of brick or stone must be safe, but that is not the case. Masonry chimneys are prone to many types of problems that can make them dangerous and at high risk for catching on fire.
The Fluesbrothers are masonry fireplace experts. We will inspect your masonry fireplace to check for common problems including:
- Cracks and gaps in the mortar
- Water infiltration
- Faulty construction
- Lightning damage
- Cracked crowns
- Flashing problems
- Missing or improperly-installed chimney caps
Masonry Repairs and Chimney Reconstruction
Sadly, building a full masonry chimney from the ground up has become something of a dying art. It can be difficult to find a masonry contractor who is qualified to construct a safe and efficient fireplace. Badly-built fireplaces often have ventilation problems, allowing smoke to escape into your home.
The Fluesbrothers understand the art of working with masonry. We will build or restore your chimney to its former glory, making sure that it is both aesthetically beautiful as well as functionally efficient and safe. Whether you need some simple masonry repairs or a full-blown chimney reconstruction, the chimney professionals at Fluesbrothers specialize in diagnosing and repairing all types of masonry problems.
Our Masonry Repair services include:
- Firebox rebuilding and repointing
- Mortar crown repair
- Damper repair