If you have an old chimney, you’ve probably had someone recommend having it repointed. In today’s post, Batts’ Chimney Services shares a quick guide to what you need to know about chimney repointing.
What Is Chimney Repointing?
Chimney repointing is a form of repair that fixes worn-out mortar between the bricks in a chimney stack. It helps address problems such as loose bricks and moisture infiltration by removing damaged materials and applying new mortar. Repointing is also done on brick walls and similar structures. However, chimney repointing requires a different skill set because chimneys are located at the highest point of the house. This means that the individual repointing a chimney has to wear safety gear and be trained in its use.
The Benefits of Repointing Your Chimney
Brick structures are known to last hundreds of years, so you’re probably wondering why you need your chimneys repointed if they’re made of that material. Repointing mainly fixes worn-out mortar, which wears out faster than bricks. In fact, brick walls and chimney stacks typically need to be repointed about three to four times in their lifetime.
Repointing your chimneys has the following benefits:
- Achieve savings. Having your chimney repointed periodically costs much less than just letting it degrade to the point where it has to be built anew.
- Keep your chimney looking good. Your chimney is part of your home’s exterior and may affect your home’s curb appeal if it is crumbling and missing mortar. A well-maintained chimney stack can complement your roof, siding and other parts of your home exterior.
- Prevent moisture infiltration. Crumbling mortar may allow moisture to infiltrate the brickwork. In addition to causing further damage to the mortar, moisture may infiltrate the chimney and other parts of the roof.
- Keep the chimney safe. Repointing helps maintain the chimney stack’s structural integrity, which puts it at a lower risk of being damaged during a storm, either by wind or by impact from airborne debris.
Batts’ Chimney Services provides chimney repair and cleaning services to customers in the Greater Birmingham area and Northern Alabama. Give us a call at (256) 660-1338 or (205) 956-8207. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.