Brick repair on Chimney?
A lot of homes in the Toronto area have chimneys that are not in use. Due to where they are located, and our Canadian weather- chimneys are usually the first to get the brunt of brick damage. A really good option for you as a homeowner is to tear the chimney down and cap it, rather than go through a chimney repair. If you tear it down, you will eliminate any maintenance for the next 20-25 years. If you tuck point the bricks, fix it up- it will only continue to deteriorate- and will only last 3-5 years (not in all cases, it depends on the mortar/winter).
The estimate that you receive for a chimney tear down (chimney no longer in use) should look like this:
– Set up scaffold to access the roof safely
– Lay down tarps and drop cloths to protect the roof
– Break down the chimney to the roofline
– Install a concrete cap on the top of the chimney
– Full clean up of jobsite
– Dispose of rubble at an authorized waste facility
When you cap a chimney at the roof line, it is only a couple courses of bricks (the number of courses are dependant on slope, and other factors). The job should be one day with two skilled tradesman.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.