When a chimney has severely deteriorated or is collapsing, a rebuild is the safest option. It involves tearing down the damaged chimney and rebuilding it with new bricks and mortar. We can match the color and style of your original chimney or make necessary changes to increase the lifespan of your chimney and make it aesthetically pleasing to you.
Whether you’re building a brand new chimney, or are looking to restore an older chimney, we’re eager to help you create the most beautiful, effective, and safe chimney for your home. Regardless of the type of chimney you need. You can count on us to present an option for your home, that is watertight, functional, and attractive. And we strive to keep our rates reasonable, without ever skimping on quality.
A functional beautiful Chimney Installation is an investment in your home. Cliford’s Masonry understands how important a chimney is to any home. It not only adds value, but must be installed properly to keep your family safe.
Tuckpointing is the process in which damaged mortar is removed and replaced with fresh mortar. At some point, all chimneys will need masonry repair. Tuckpointing is a more cost effective way of repairing your chimney and helping to prevent water from leaking in and eroding. When completed, your chimney will look new which often increases the value of your home.
The common repairs done to masonry chimneys are inside the firebox and up on the roof. The reason for this is simple. The harsh heat of the direct flame deteriorates the mortar and brick within the firebox, and up on the roof, the freeze-thaw cycle deteriorates the top of the chimney. After years of exposure to harsh elements and the by-products of combustion, the masonry material of your chimney can begin to deteriorate. Our chimney sweeps are skilled in masonry repair and tuckpointing (which is the repair of mortar joints) both inside the firebox and outside up on the roof. We can restore the look of your masonry chimney so that it looks and functions well again. The tuck pointing process includes chipping out loose mortar and pressing in new refractory cement mortar between the bricks.
A chimney crown is the cement top of your chimney. It is sloped to direct water away from the flue and seals the flue liner to the chimney edge. Crowns can erode and crack overtime due to weather elements. Cracks can be repaired or a new crown can be poured to maintain proper function and decrease additional damage to the inside flue.
Common repairs on the rooftop portion of the chimney include both masonry repair and sheet metal work. Chimney flashing that is loose, cracked, or broken can allow water and moisture to seep into the wood framing of your roof, chimney, or attic causing serious and expensive water-damage repair. Because water damage requires extensive repair, it is best to take preventative measures to avoid this situation.
Crown Repairs for Damaged Areas
Your fireplace firebox really takes the heat! A firebox is the interior part of your chimney where you burn wood or gas. The materials used in this area must be able to withstand temperatures that can reach up to 800 degrees F. This area can be particularly vulnerable to deterioration over time, if not maintained properly. If you believe your firebox is in need of repair, have our chimney sweep perform an inspection to be sure the masonry is sound. Our professional, certified chimney sweeps work to rebuild worn out fireboxes and install fire place inserts to help increase efficiency and give outdated fireplaces a brand new feel & appearance.
Over time, the heating and cooling process of using your chimney can damage the mortar and cause it to crack and erode. A special mortar can be applied to repair the damage and restore your original firebox. However, sometimes damage is too extensive and your firebox needs to be rebuilt.
When we do a complete firebox rebuild, all walls will be covered with new firebrick and the fireplace floor will also be coated with mortar that seals all small openings and cracks. This mortar is called “fireclay” and sometimes can even be used to seal the walls of the firebox if damage is minimal and a new layer of bricks are not necessary. A rebuilt fireplace will look & function just like a brand new unit and homeowners can rest assured knowing their fireplace is now safe & efficient to use.
Everyone has a childhood memory involving marshmallows and stories told around a campfire. Recreate new memories by adding a fire pit in your landscape. Fire pits are one of the most affordable yet powerful features you can add to your project. They make a great gathering spot and can even double as a grill, S'mores anyone?
Our team can provide you with beautiful new home features, like:
If you are considering adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to your backyard, keep the following in mind:
Cliford’s Masonry Repair takes every opportunity to create something unique that the client truly loves. Depending on what you plan on using the outdoor fireplace or fire pit for, we will develop a concept that gives you exactly what you need.
Utilizing quality materials and innovative manufacturing techniques, we have transformed and crafted the future of stone veneers. We provide the unmatched beauty of a stone façade paired with the design freedom, ease of installation, and durability of manufactured masonry units.
Thin Veneer allows natural stone to be used in applications that do not incorporate a concrete footing to support the weight of traditional full thickness masonry stone. Thin veneer is often chosen for renovations on the siding of an existing wooden building, stone facing a fireplace, or to jazz up a concrete foundation with a stone façade.
Retaining walls are structures designed to restrain soil to a slope that it would not naturally keep to. They are used to bound soils between two different elevations often in areas of terrain possessing undesirable slopes.
Although retaining walls are all around us, many people fail to notice them until nature has taken its toll on their yard and home. By this time, they not only need to build one, they will also spend thousands of dollars repairing preventable damage. Building a retaining wall can be a big investment of time and money. It’s a good idea to learn about them and their benefits before Mother Nature comes knocking at your front door.
What Are The Benefits Of Retaining Walls?
-Protects Land Against Erosion
-Provides Flooding Control
-Prevents Sliding Land & Soil
-Expands Usable Space
-Adds Property Value
-Design & Color Variety
-Durable & Easy to Maintain
-Highlights Focal Point
What Are Retaining Walls?
The core function of a retaining wall is to counteract the forces of gravity. They are located in areas of a terrain that require extra support in order to stop earth from being forced downhill with erosion. North Carolina soils and weather are extremely volatile making it imperative that most home owners have retaining walls built for drainage, structural integrity, and preventing erosion. But, retaining walls have many more benefits.
How Long Do They Last?
The lifespan of a wall would depend on the type of materials, climatic conditions, soil and groundwater conditions. Given that the wall is properly installed, it's reasonable to expect 20-40 years for timber retaining walls and anywhere between 50-100 years for for masonry or concrete.
If they are not properly installed, they can tilt, bulge, or even collapse. This is a serious problem and very dangerous to anyone near the site. A large percentage of our projects are repairing damage from a failing wall design.
A popular alternative to clay bricks, blockwork construction requires additional finishes. We supply our customers with the quality blockwork foundations for your business or home. Although cinder blocks are more cost-effective than bricks, they do require an additional finish for aesthetic reasons and for water resistance.
Concrete homes are common in areas where there is a lot of moisture. Unlike wood, concrete doesn't attract mildew or rot when it's wet for a long period of time. It's also resistant to termites and other critters that damage homes that are constructed with a lot of wood.
Concrete homes are also great for areas that are prone to high winds, tropical storms and hurricanes. They won't be easily toppled over during extreme weather and can withstand winds of over 200 miles an hour. They tend to last for centuries if well maintained, and are fire resistant because cement isn't flammable.
They're also ideal for homeowners who want to lower their energy usage and really value an eco-friendly home. The insulation of a concrete home makes it so that warm air from a heater and cold air from central air conditioning won't escape easily. This also makes a concrete home practically soundproof, which is great for parties or for trying to minimize noise pollution from outside.