Masonry Repair for Wisconsin Chimneys
Old, Deteriorated Chimney? Get Help from WI Masonry Experts
Unfortunately, stonework chimneys are a prime target for weather-related wear and tear. Since they’re exposed to the elements such as rain, snow, ice and wind from all sides, they tend to deteriorate faster than other types of chimneys.
Catching problems or damage to your chimney early can be the difference between a simple tuckpointing job and spending thousands of dollars constructing a new chimney. Custom Restoration is here to give you the best options for repair – whether you need a small masonry fix or a large restoration, our team of experts will figure out what you need at an affordable price. We aim to provide you with the best possible service, guaranteed!
Common Masonry Chimney Problems
- Weather – Exposure to the elements can lead to deteriorated masonry. Even one bad storm could cause whole bricks to come off your chimney.
- Condensation – The heating and cooling effects of fireplaces and appliances can cause issues for your chimney’s masonry. A damp chimney will stain the ceiling, chimney opening and walls around the fireplace.
- Deteriorated chimney linings – The chimney lining provides protection between the masonry and other flammable parts of the building. If cracks appear in the lining, then the brickwork could be damaged as well.
- Obstructions – Various things can potentially get stuck in your chimney and cause problems, such as creosote buildup, debris, and bird nests. This prevents smoke from exiting the chimney like it's meant to. This can create toxic fumes inside your home including carbon monoxide.
No matter what happened to your chimney’s lining, Custom Restoration Inc. can help you fix it. Our team of professionals is the best in the business. We have over 20 years of experience fixing, constructing, and restoring masonry for homes and commercial buildings throughout southeast Wisconsin.
3 Signs You Need Chimney Repair
1. Spalling- Bricks that become saturated by rain or snow are left vulnerable to fracturing when the water inside freezes. Ice has nearly 10% more volume than liquid water and splits the exterior surface of the brick as it expands. Over time, bricks that are subjected to constant freeze/thaw cycles will completely disintegrate.
2. Whitened surface on your chimney- Natural salts and minerals can be brought to the surface of your chimney if the brick is exposed to heavy moisture which then evaporates, leaving the deposits behind. If you see white staining, your chimney may require masonry repair to the cap, crown, or joints.
3. Leaking crown- The crown is the primary form of weatherproofing in any chimney. Decades of exposure to harsh Wisconsin winters or poor installation can cause crown failure in your chimney.
How Much Will A Chimney Repair Cost?
The cost of completing a chimney rebuild is determined by the unique factors surrounding your needed repair. Our masons consider the following factors when quoting you a price:
1. The existing condition of your chimney.
Depending on the severity of your chimney's damage, you may need more labor and materials to fix the problem.
2. The number of flues connected to your chimney.
Appliances such as furnaces, boilers, and water heaters are often vented through a home’s chimney. If any of these utility flues are damaged, the repair becomes more labor-intensive and costly.
3. The type of chimney you have.
The two main categories used in homebuilding are masonry and factory-built chimneys. Masonry chimneys are more expensive to build as they require more tooling and a unique skillset. Prefab units require fewer materials and are less expensive to install.
An inspection from one of our qualified stonemasons will be required to receive an accurate quote.
Contact us today to get an estimate for chimney restoration in southeast Wisconsin.