The snow and ice have melted. Sunny days have become more frequent. Flowers and trees are blooming. And in the clear light of springtime you discover some cracks in your chimney. You discern some evidence of worrisome wear and tear on your home’s classic chimney. What should you do?
First of all, get a professional evaluation. The situation may be minor or it may be dire. Have a professional provide an accurate appraisal regarding the condition of your chimney. Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has qualified professionals who can judge the severity of any masonry chimney damage — and how to re-mediate it. We at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney have a notable portfolio of chimney repairs and restorations.
Let’s talk about chimney restoration. What sort of work might a chimney restoration entail?
The concept of restoration implies longevity and legacy — and the idea of respecting the original design and character of the chimney. An older piece of structural architecture must be dealt with in a manner that safeguards materials or restores in a manner that mimics the original design.
This detail-oriented and exacting craftsmanship seamlessly blends with the original masonry work. A complete restoration strengthens the structural integrity of your chimney for years to come. Think of how curators at art museums or preservers of historic buildings or landmarks restore works of art. They imitate the original style and artistry. By the time the restoration is finished, an observer would be hard-pressed to know that any restoration or repair took place. It all looks natural and in its original form. That’s the kind of excellence Northeastern Masonry & Chimney strives for.
The need for restoration can originate from a variety of causes. For example, your masonry chimney crown can crack after years of onslaught from weather and climate. Be sure to repair a damaged crown quickly to prevent leaks. Another element of restoration often includes repointing/tuckpointing work. If your masonry has started spalling (flaking, chipping and crumbling), we can repair and restore your chimney by making those improvements in accord with any historical designs and features.
Finally, what about the bricks? With proper care and maintenance, bricks can last a century or more. But water and weather, as well as the natural settling of a home, can take their toll on bricks and mortar joints. Our experienced professionals carefully consider the right choice of brickwork to respect the integrity of your original designers and builders.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has earned a reputation for being chimney restoration experts. We specialize in historical restorations. Among noteworthy projects of this nature, we’ve done restoration work for the Franklin D. Roosevelt home in Hyde Park, New York. As restoration specialists, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney works with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.
Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney at 518-767-9315 or make an appointment online. In this season of Nature’s renewal, let’s discuss how we can renew and restore a valuable treasure of your home: your chimney.