If your chimney is significantly damaged or just isn’t functioning as well as it should, then it might be time for a rebuild. Water damage is one of the leading causes of chimney degradation, and despite a homeowner’s best efforts to protect their chimney from the elements, the damages can be too extensive to repair. Spalling bricks and fallen flue tiles appearing in your fireplace can be tell-tale signs that your chimney needs a rebuild.
There are two main types of chimney rebuilds.
- Partial Rebuild. This rebuild is the most common rebuild and typically costs less than a complete rebuild. Partial chimney rebuilds are best suited to smaller chimneys that require work that’s more minor in scale. This can include replacing a crown and or other damaged parts located toward the top of the chimney. A partial rebuild may not be ideal for projects that require scaffolding.
- Complete Rebuild. Chimney rebuilds deal with structural issues, and often, this involves removing and discarding broken items entirely. Unlike a partial rebuild, where part of the original structure is retained, a complete rebuild will create a whole new chimney. Chimneys that are leaning, not built to code, or are crumbling away are most likely in need of a complete rebuild.
Chimney rebuilds, whether partial or complete, can be costly. However, in return, a rebuilt chimney offers improved performance, increased safety, better protection from pests, and greater home value. Much like a chimney itself, a rebuild is an investment. If you’re interested in a chimney rebuild, contact us today to get started.