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Let Us Take Care Of Your Chimney Restoration And Rebuilds

Is your chimney starting to look a little worn? Are there any loose bricks or missing mortar? Is it not functioning properly? Just like any other part of your house, your chimney may start to look worn out over time. In some cases, chimneys may get to the point where they need to be rebuilt entirely! At Old Smokey’s, our masonry experts can inspect your chimney and decided what the best option is for restoring or rebuilding your chimney.

What causes issues that lead to chimneys needing restoration or rebuilding?

There are a number of issues that can lead to your chimney needing restoration or rebuilding. However, there are three issues that arise which are more common than others relevant to your chimney’s health. If you notice your chimney experiencing any of these symptoms below, it may be time to look at restoring or rebuilding your chimney.

  • First, the older a chimney gets, the more likely it is to have issues with functionality. Your chimney takes a beating throughout its life via wind, rain, ice, and extreme temperature changes. Weather abuse over time can cause your chimney to start losing bricks and mortar. Additionally, it may also give your chimney a worn out appearance.
  • Secondly, moisture causes the most problems for chimneys. When water seeps into little pores and cracks in you brick or masonry, it can settle there until winter. Freezing weather makes water freeze and expand, weakening your chimney by loosening bricks and mortar.
  • Lastly, poor construction can cause all sorts of problems for chimneys, and may lead to your chimney not functioning properly. In fact, many of the rebuilds that we do at Old Smokey’s are due to poor construction by someone who isn’t properly trained in masonry!

What can I do if I think my chimney needs to be restored or rebuilt?

The first step to fixing your chimney would be contacting Old Smokey’s. One of our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified technicians will inspect your chimney and determine if restoration or rebuilding is actually needed. If it is determined that restoration or rebuilding is needed, the masonry experts at Old Smokey’s can help with that as well. Masonry work is demanding and meticulous. Therefore, it should only be performed by a mason that has had extensive training and experience working on chimneys. At Old Smokey’s we’ve been in the business for over 20 years. Our masonry work is the best in the business – and we are proud to stand by our work!


When building or remodeling, pay special attention to your chimney!

We’re willing to bet that your dream house would feature an attractive and functional fireplace and chimney. We would go so far as to say if you are building a new house or renovating the one you have, reviewing chimney designs plays a key role.

Placing a chimney in the right location, and building it the right way with the right materials, gives greater assurance on performance, safety, and aesthetics. As experts, we can tell your home builder what we have witnessed regarding what works best – and suggest how to overcome chimney challenges that new construction projects pose.

What about full-scale (or partial-scale) home renovations? Don’t let your chimney be an afterthought!

Let Old Smokey’s take a close, professional look at your chimney.

We’ll give you an honest appraisal – and recommend design options for your renovation. We will offer recommendations on repair, repointing, restoration, or rebuilds.

If your home is a historical structure, Old Smokey’s specializes in the restoration or rebuilding of historical structures. Let our experienced masons replicate – and surpass – your chimney’s original beauty and functionality.

If your renovation focuses on repair, we’re there for you. Your brickwork might need routine maintenance, or something more radical and substantial. For example, a poorly built chimney may function improperly, and it will not last as long as a properly built structure. Old Smokey’s frequently encounters poorly designed or built chimneys that cause unforeseen problems. A renovation affords an opportunity to have us review the quality of your chimney construction, and to discern the need for repairs.

We will also inspect for leaks so that we can undertake chimney repairs, if needed, in a thoroughly professional manner.

Your chimney brickwork is constantly under attack, from season to season. Old Smokey’s experts will walk you through repair options geared toward renewed life for your venerable chimney.

Similarly, we can perform repointing during a renovation if we find it is needed. Repointing removes eroding mortar joints and replaces them with smooth, new mortar.

We are proud of the artisans who make up our team.

For 20-plus years, Old Smokey’s has delivered excellence to homeowners in northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. Folks from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south know Old Smokey’s as a premier go-to resource for all things chimney.

Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or click here now to schedule an appointment.

Our solid experience testifies to the trust Old Smokey’s has built throughout the region. We are proud of the thousands of satisfied customers we have capably served.

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