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Frequently Asked Questions

What is tuckpointing?

If you have a fireplace and chimney, as you probably know, you have a beautiful design feature which increases the value and appeal of your home and provides opportunities for enjoyable moments by a cozy fire.  But did you know that all masonry chimneys need repair at some point?  The mortar joints become damaged due to harsh weather conditions, particularly excessive amounts of water.  Moisture can even damage rock masonry, when water gets in due to weakened mortar joints.  “Tuckpointing” is a repair process which stops the destructive process and provides numerous benefits.

What are the benefits of tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is really a crucial procedure, to preserve the life of a chimney.  Some of the benefits of performing needed  tuckpointing on chimneys follow:

  • Corrosion of the mortar joints is stopped.

  • Structural stability of the chimney is restored.  Failing to repair mortar joints will result in a weak chimney structure which will eventually begin to lean or collapse.

  • Tuckpointing helps to prevent water from entering into the chimney system.  If the mortar joints are not repaired, water will seep down the chimney and sometimes between the chimney and the flue lining.  Moisture can do a serious amount of unseen damage, such as cause mold, mildew, and rotting wood.  Moisture can also cause the ceiling and wallpaper around the chimney to become stained.

  • Tuckpointing is far more cost-effective than a complete tear-down and rebuild.  The procedure allows you to avoid the expense of completely replacing the chimney structure.

  • Your chimney’s masonry materials are restored to their original condition.

  • The value of your home is improved when the masonry is in top condition.

What is a caulking sealant?

Caulking sealants are designed to form permanent seals that are waterproof and weatherproof. Furthermore, sealants are specially formulated for use on gaps and joints in masonry and concrete, meaning they can withstand harsher conditions than many other caulks.