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Chimneys: Benefits of Tuckpointing vs. Rebuilding

Does your chimney need some TLC? Tuckpointing is a method used to repair a chimney rather than replacing it entirely. Just like with roofs, we are always looking at the best repair solution before we jump to a replace conclusion.

Check out list of signs of an aging chimney for more info.

Unfortunately, like our roads, Michigan’s weather wreaks havoc on our chimneys. As a roofing company, Weather Vane cares very much about chimneys because they are a key part of a house’s roofing system.

The Benefits of Tuckpointing

The mortar inside your chimney bricks usually needs to be replaced every 25 years or so. Tuckpointing is a repair technique used to replace damaged mortar with new mortar.

The benefits of tuckpointing include:

Preventing moisture leaks. When the mortar in your chimney is old and cracked, water can seep down your chimney. This can result in mold, mildew, and rotting wood if left ignored. If you see water stains on your walls or ceiling near your chimney, this could by why.

Structural stability. Is your chimney leaning to one side? Tuckpointing can help.

Prolonged lifespan. Taking care of your chimney now will prolong its life and may prevent you from having to replace it sooner than is normally necessary. Tuckpointing stops the corrosion of your chimney mortar joints, restoring your masonry materials to their original condition.

Cost-effective. It’s not magic, just common sense. Fixing and repairing is typically cheaper than an entire tear down and rebuild. You’d prevent leaks in your house (another huge expense) and have a nice, healthy chimney.

How is your chimney cap?

Besides your mortar joints, another critical feature of your chimney is its metal chimney cap. This is the thing that keeps unwanted animals from entering your home through the chimney. Yikes!

It also helps keep out moisture and helps prevent fire embers from causing a chimney fire or damage to your roof. Double yikes!

We recommend either a galvanized steel or painted steel metal chimney cap.

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Worried about Your Chimney?

If you see any signs that your chimney needs repair, we can help. Weather Vane is happy to provide a free evaluation and estimate. Our drones can get an up-close and detailed video of exactly what is going on up there so you can make the best decision possible. And you don’t have to get up on your roof!

Tuckpointing is often a great solution to prolonging the life of your chimney and preventing leaks. There are so many repairs around your house that you can do yourself, however, masonry and chimney work can be tricky to get right. This may be one area you want to have professionals take a look.

Call today to schedule your free inspection and estimate.

About Weather Vane Roofing

We provide roofing, siding, insulation, windows and gutters. Making your house beautiful and efficient is our main goal. We use the latest in technology and products to provide eco-friendly and cost effective solutions for your home and business. With locations in Lansing, Owosso, and Brighton/Howell we are Mid-Michigan’s roofing experts. Let us transform your house into a home.

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