For Expert Tuckpointing Work, Trust Lords Chimney!
The fairytale has it that the Big Bad Wolf huffed and puffed and couldn’t blow the brick house down, but brick is actually more vulnerable to destruction than its storied reputation would have you believe. Though brick is beloved by many homeowners for its durability and resiliency, we can also speak to some of its weaknesses. Over time, all brick will sustain damage and begin to show wear and tear from neglect, age, and weather. But chimney brick can be especially at risk, as chimneys are located above the roofline where they are directly exposed to wind and weather, high temperatures and corrosive build-up. Mortar especially proves to be vulnerable to the elements. This porous cement mix is soft and absorbent. If your brick or mortar is in disrepair or if it has not been professionally waterproofed, you may find that water is leaking into your chimney. Luckily, tuckpointing can be employed to repair eroded mortar.
We love to tell our customers about tuckpointing because it has a neat history that dates back to eighteenth century England. It came by its name pretty straightforwardly. Masons would use their tools to “tuck” mortar into the joints between bricks; now these tools are known as pointing and tuckpointing trowels. Modern tuckpointing uses a blend of modern and age-old techniques for putting mortar in place or repairing it, also known as “repointing.” The end goal is generally a very neat and precise brick layout. Our chimney technicians are CSIA-educated and well-experienced in how to keep water out of chimneys. During a tuckpointing job, we will inspect your entire chimney and locate all gaps in brick joints as well as find any loose or powdery mortar or cracks in the joints. We will then remove any damaged mortar and repoint it for results that last.
If you have begun to collect estimates to have your chimney tuckpointed, you may be finding that the prices are all over the map. We are proud to offer a competitive rate on a tuckpointing job that will last you for the life of your chimney. Also, please note that not all masons or bricklayers know how to properly build or repair a chimney, which requires special care and construction considerations. For instance, it is important to use the correct grade of brick and the right mortar mix to stand up to the extreme heat. Only trust a certified chimney professional to do chimney-related work.
Live in the greater Houston area and want to get a quote for tuckpointing? We’ll be happy to come out and give you a free estimate. All of our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Contact Lords Chimney today at 281-497-4000, or use our convenient appointment request form!
My husband and I purchased a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian home in the Heights which was more than just a small weekend project! One of the restoration tasks included completely gutting the old fireplace, chase, and chimney as they were not to code or functioning properly. Lords Chimney worked many hours on our "little" project removing the old brick (a very dirty job!) and retrofitting an entirely new system, even taking care to match the chimney brackets to the original brick color. The original brick was saved and placed in a nice pile for us in the back yard so that we could use it to lay a patio. We are so thrilled with our new fireplace and lovely gas logs. We look forward to hiring Lords Chimney to tackle a second fireplace upstairs. A big thank you to Lords for a terrific job!
~ Amanda S.