Chimney Repair, Tuckpointing, & Rebuilding

If you have a chimney atop your roof, then you should care for that chimney as much as you care for your roof. After all, your chimney is as exposed (if not more exposed) to the elements as the roof over your head. As such, it’s imperative that you keep a keen eye on the condition of your chimney to ensure that you don’t incur damage that can lead to crumbling bricks and leaks. Fortunately, you can repair and maintain your roof as well as your chimney with Red Dog’s Roofing — all in one fell swoop. Count on us to take a look at your chimney while we’re on top of your abode. We provide all of the chimney services listed below. You’ll also find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we encounter — under the section “Chimney Service FAQ” below.

If you’re ready to get started, or if you have any additional questions for our team of chimney and roofing experts, you can also reach out to us at any point. Take note, we provide chimney repair, tuckpointing, upgrades, and rebuilding services for folks throughout Fitchburg, Sarasota, Leominster, and Gardner!

Chimney Repair Services

Do you have a chimney cap that is rusted out? Or perhaps the flashing around your chimney has begun to fail. Regardless of the issue at hand, we can help you out with our chimney repair services. We understand how chimney components should work, and how the exterior portion of your chimney should connect to your roof system to ensure that your home doesn’t endure leaks. We’ll do our utmost to make sure that your chimney is structurally sound, and to ensure that your roof and chimney are protected from the elements. Count on us for a chimney inspection and repair.

Chimney Tuckpointing

If your chimney’s brick and mortar have seen better days, then it may be time to hire out tuckpointing services. If you have a chimney whose bricks are crumbling, and whose mortar is recessed towards the center of the brick, then the structure of your chimney may be liable to fail.

We can tuckpoint your chimney to give it lasting protection from the elements once again. We apply specialized mortars to match the color of your brick, and we’ll apply mortar to your brick and the deteriorated mortar layers between your brick, providing support for your entire exterior chimney structure.

Chimney Upgrades

If you have an older chimney, then it may be performing poorly atop your home. Nowadays, brick and mortar simply aren’t the sole standard when it comes to building a sound chimney top, and in fact, chimneys that are only built out of brick and mortar aren’t often up to code. Fortunately, most chimneys can be upgraded with retrofitting components that will provide better protection for your home, your roof, and the chimney itself. We can upgrade your chimney with a chimney crown (a cement crown can be applied on the top of your chimney for added protection), a chimney cap (chimney caps are metal caps that keep drafts, embers, pests, and precipitation from causing problems), new flashing (flashing protects the seams between your chimney and roof from leaks), and a chimney saddle if necessary (a type of flashing that helps to redirect precipitation away from the weakest point of a chimney). You can learn more about these individual components in our Chimney Service FAQ section below. We can even rebuild the top of your chimney if it is far too outdated!

Chimney Rebuilding

If your chimney has deteriorated beyond the point where it can be tuckpointed, we can rebuild your chimney. Oftentimes, the top of a chimney will deteriorate far more quickly than any other portion of the chimney, due to its exposure to wind, temperature changes, and precipitation. And eventually, your chimney may crumble and fail. When you note that your chimney is losing chunks of brick and mortar, you can count on us to repair and rebuild your chimney with a new top that will last for decades on end.

Chimney Service FAQ

What are the components of a standard chimney, and what do they do?

While chimneys are relatively simple, there are a few components that are standard in modern chimneys — each of which serves its own purpose, and all of which are liable to endure damage over time, especially if your chimney isn’t well maintained. Here’s a list of the components that you’ll likely find near the top of your chimney (unless it’s an older chimney):

Chimney Flue: The flue of your chimney is the long vertical chamber that makes it possible for smoke to escape your fireplace. Your flue should have a liner installed to ensure that the bricks can’t be damaged easily. The liner will also make it easier for your chimney to be cleaned. Often, older chimneys don’t have liners, since they’ve only been required as a safety precaution relatively recently.

Chimney Cap: The cap of your chimney protrudes from the top of your chimney. Most modern and updated chimneys will have a chimney cap which helps to protect the bricks, fireplace — and really — all of the components of your fireplace. Chimney caps are made of metal, and they keep snow, rain, and other precipitation from making its way into your chimney flue. Chimney caps also serve to keep drafts from moving through your chimney, and they are often designed to keep animals from entering your chimney, while keeping hot embers from escaping your chimney (where they may otherwise float away and ignite a fire).

Chimney Crown: The crown of your chimney tops the bricks of your chimney (that is, if your chimney has been updated or built with a crown). This portion of your chimney should be made out of cement, which will outperform brick in protecting your chimney and fireplace. Chimney crowns can be added to old chimneys that are entirely made out of brick. The chimney cap is fastened to the chimney crown as well, and both components help to keep your chimney from deteriorating prematurely. If your chimney crown is cracked or crumbling, it can be rebuilt with a new layer of cement.

Chimney Flashing: Your chimney flashing connects your chimney with your roof, and it provides necessary protection for this otherwise vulnerable seam. Chimney flashing is a metal component which is usually installed beneath your roofing material (although the flashing may be partially or entirely installed on top of your roofing material, depending on the best solution for your chimney’s location and orientation, and the roofing material in use). The flashing is adhered to the brick of your chimney, ensuring that water doesn’t run along the side of your chimney. It is also connected to your roofing system, ensuring that water doesn’t seep into the substructure of your roof. Flashing is liable to rust or disconnect from your roof and chimney throughout its lifetime. When this happens, it’s crucial to repair or replace your flashing quickly, so that further damage doesn’t occur.

Chimney Saddle: For some chimneys — namely those that are built on the slope of a roof, instead of at its peak — a chimney saddle may be installed to direct water away from the vulnerable uphill seam of the chimney. The saddle is usually a triangular piece that is shaped like a saddle whose faces direct precipitation to the side of the chimney, so that the uphill surface of the chimney doesn’t cause pooling. Saddles are usually made out of the same material as the flashing of the chimney, and they’re adhered in the same manner.

How long does a chimney repair typically take?

Unless your chimney has endured significant damage, it’s likely that we’ll be able to perform a repair in a day. That said, if your chimney requires tuckpointing or major repairs (including rebuilding the chimney with masonry work), your project may take a couple of days. Repairing flashing, crowns, and caps is relatively quick.

When is the best time to repair my chimney?

While chimney repairs can, and should, be performed whenever they’re necessary, it’s a good idea to have your chimney checked out at once per year before the colder months. Why? Well, you don’t want to run into a problem in the middle of winter, or you could be stuck with a leaky roof, and a problem that could have been avoided. Schedule service with us whenever you encounter a chimney issue, and strive to schedule regular maintenance between spring and fall each year.

What is tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is a mason’s solution to deteriorating brickwork and mortar. Your chimney’s brick and mortar will inevitably deteriorate over time. Fortunately, mortar can be reapplied on the surface to provide lasting protection for your chimney once again. Mortar is applied to both the surface of the bricks (we’ll use a mortar that matches the color of your bricks), as well as to the old mortar in between your bricks. Your chimney looks brand new with a tuckpoint!

How long will tuckpointing last on my chimney?

Tuckpointing tends to last between 10 and 20 years, depending on how much wear and tear your chimney endures throughout the decades.

Chimney Service FAQ

What are the components of a standard chimney, and what do they do?

While chimneys are relatively simple, there are a few components that are standard in modern chimneys — each of which serves its own purpose, and all of which are liable to endure damage over time, especially if your chimney isn’t well maintained. Here’s a list of the components that you’ll likely find near the top of your chimney (unless it’s an older chimney):

Chimney Flue: The flue of your chimney is the long vertical chamber that makes it possible for smoke to escape your fireplace. Your flue should have a liner installed to ensure that the bricks can’t be damaged easily. The liner will also make it easier for your chimney to be cleaned. Often, older chimneys don’t have liners, since they’ve only been required as a safety precaution relatively recently.

Chimney Cap: The cap of your chimney protrudes from the top of your chimney. Most modern and updated chimneys will have a chimney cap which helps to protect the bricks, fireplace — and really — all of the components of your fireplace. Chimney caps are made of metal, and they keep snow, rain, and other precipitation from making its way into your chimney flue. Chimney caps also serve to keep drafts from moving through your chimney, and they are often designed to keep animals from entering your chimney, while keeping hot embers from escaping your chimney (where they may otherwise float away and ignite a fire).

Chimney Crown: The crown of your chimney tops the bricks of your chimney (that is, if your chimney has been updated or built with a crown). This portion of your chimney should be made out of cement, which will outperform brick in protecting your chimney and fireplace. Chimney crowns can be added to old chimneys that are entirely made out of brick. The chimney cap is fastened to the chimney crown as well, and both components help to keep your chimney from deteriorating prematurely. If your chimney crown is cracked or crumbling, it can be rebuilt with a new layer of cement.

Chimney Flashing: Your chimney flashing connects your chimney with your roof, and it provides necessary protection for this otherwise vulnerable seam. Chimney flashing is a metal component which is usually installed beneath your roofing material (although the flashing may be partially or entirely installed on top of your roofing material, depending on the best solution for your chimney’s location and orientation, and the roofing material in use). The flashing is adhered to the brick of your chimney, ensuring that water doesn’t run along the side of your chimney. It is also connected to your roofing system, ensuring that water doesn’t seep into the substructure of your roof. Flashing is liable to rust or disconnect from your roof and chimney throughout its lifetime. When this happens, it’s crucial to repair or replace your flashing quickly, so that further damage doesn’t occur.

Chimney Saddle: For some chimneys — namely those that are built on the slope of a roof, instead of at its peak — a chimney saddle may be installed to direct water away from the vulnerable uphill seam of the chimney. The saddle is usually a triangular piece that is shaped like a saddle whose faces direct precipitation to the side of the chimney, so that the uphill surface of the chimney doesn’t cause pooling. Saddles are usually made out of the same material as the flashing of the chimney, and they’re adhered in the same manner.

How long does a chimney repair typically take?

Unless your chimney has endured significant damage, it’s likely that we’ll be able to perform a repair in a day. That said, if your chimney requires tuckpointing or major repairs (including rebuilding the chimney with masonry work), your project may take a couple of days. Repairing flashing, crowns, and caps is relatively quick.

When is the best time to repair my chimney?

While chimney repairs can, and should, be performed whenever they’re necessary, it’s a good idea to have your chimney checked out at once per year before the colder months. Why? Well, you don’t want to run into a problem in the middle of winter, or you could be stuck with a leaky roof, and a problem that could have been avoided. Schedule service with us whenever you encounter a chimney issue, and strive to schedule regular maintenance between spring and fall each year.

What is tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is a mason’s solution to deteriorating brickwork and mortar. Your chimney’s brick and mortar will inevitably deteriorate over time. Fortunately, mortar can be reapplied on the surface to provide lasting protection for your chimney once again. Mortar is applied to both the surface of the bricks (we’ll use a mortar that matches the color of your bricks), as well as to the old mortar in between your bricks. Your chimney looks brand new with a tuckpoint!

How long will tuckpointing last on my chimney?

Tuckpointing tends to last between 10 and 20 years, depending on how much wear and tear your chimney endures throughout the decades.

Call on Red Dog’s Roofing for Your Chimney Project

Here at Red Dog’s Roofing, it’s our goal to ensure that the roof over your head couldn’t be more protective. That’s why we provide all-inclusive roofing services, including our chimney services. Count on us for any of your roofing and chimney service needs — again, we provide chimney repair, tuckpointing, upgrades, and rebuilding services for our neighbors throughout Fitchburg, Sarasota, Leominster, and Gardner! Reach out to us today to get started!