The Chimney Chap is an experienced and trusted masonry contractor providing a full range of masonry services throughout the South Shore and Boston area. Our crews are licensed, bonded, and insured under Massachusetts law. We pay close attention to detail and always display the best workmanship possible.
After the job is finished, we perform a detailed cleanup of the site leaving the area as close to the way we found it as possible. Whatever the state of your chimney, The Chimney Chap will restore it to original glory.
Due to exposure of New England weather, usage, and the passage of time, the chimney eventually show signs of wear. It is usually the one structure of your home that receives the worst weatherization because it is standing straight up into the air with no protection around it. The chimney is probably the most neglected structure of your home as well. Let’s be honest; how many times do you look up at your chimney as you are walking into your home? Not many. you might be looking at the lawn, the windows, the siding, or other eye level things, but not the chimney.
Depending upon the degree of deterioration different types of repairs are required. Timely maintenance of your chimney structure will ensure years of uninterrupted safe enjoyment and will enhance the value of your home. The Chimney Chap ensures we will eliminate water intrusion, prevent structural compromise, and restore the integrity & aesthetic value of your chimney.
Your chimney may need rebuilding, which becomes necessary when both the brick and the mortar decays, is cracked, and/or broken. Rebuilding can be done from the roofline up. In more serious situations we can rebuild from the ground up. We are generally able to match the existing brick on the chimney or home.
Your chimney may just be in need of some preventative work to keep it safe and secure. You may need a bit of tuck-pointing or re-pointing, which is grinding and replacing the mortar and bricks if necessary, that has decayed over time. Or you may find that you require a concrete cap, also referred to as the “crown”, the concrete that sits on the very top course of brick on the chimney to help hold clay flue liners in place, protect the chimney from water and rain, and close the hole in the chimney chase. Lead Flashing is installed at the base of the chimney at the roofline, and can be either galvanized or colored to match shingle colors on the home.
Chimney Repair Products Videos
CrownCoat can be custom colored using standard mortar dye. Using a 3” or 4” paint brush apply a thin first coat, then immediately follow with a heavier top coat. It cures completely in two to four hours and covers about 40 sq. ft. per gallon. That’s nearly twice the coverage of competitive products!
Smoke Chamber Repairs & Sealants
Smoke chamber can be parged, troweled, or hand packed over any brick, block, or stone surface exposed to high temperatures such as smoke chambers, ash pits, vent connections, and more. Chamber Coat meets and or exceeds all of the national and local building codes for new construction and repairs of masonry fireplaces and chimneys.
Water-base Water Repellent
ChimneySaver, the first product developed specifically for chimneys, has been used successfully by leading chimney professionals for nearly 20 years. It reduces water penetration into the masonry by 99.9%, according to ASTM tests conducted at the University of Wyoming. It’s also 100% vapor permeable, which means it won’t trap water vapors that may pass through the bricks when the chimney is in use, unlike other products found in most hardware or home improvement stores. When applied to a masonry chimney, those products can actually slow down water vapors as they pass through the chimney, which leads to water damage.
Repairing flashings that have been tarred over, split, cracked, or are in disrepair is easy with FlashSeal. It’s like installing a custom-fit rubber boot at the base of the chimney!