Only brick and stonemasons that know building code and chimney physics should be allowed to repair a chimney. We not only have a state license but we have two certifications for chimney repair. We offer minor repair work like replacing the top of your chimney or a complete rebuild – whatever is needed.
Video of Chimney Repairs
The owner of this home said he had trouble finding a chimney builder that would replace this 50+ year old chimney with the same style as the existing. We were very pleased to take-on this fancy brickwork and it turned out very nice.
Soft Lime Brick Covered With Stucco
Every time we see a brick and stucco chimney in a state of failure this advanced, we know that the brick under the stucco have very likely exceeded their useful life expectancy. The best approach that we have found is to plan a complete rebuild from the beginning.
It is not wise to stucco brick and mortar chimneys to the top.
Why Is Safety Important When Taking Out The Old?
Chimney After the rebuild the owner had an attractive, functional chimney and no collateral damage from the repair job. Please note: We didn’t deliberately try to make the before pictures appear tacky. The original digital photo’s were lost and we had to scan from a printed copy off the contract. Also, the owner had us install a matching rain hood on the other open flue, but they were back-ordered at our supplier so the picture was taken without it installed. We strongly recommend rain hoods!
NY Bluestone and Chilton Stone
This chimney is a beautiful combination of NY Bluestone and Chilton stone. On this job we removed the existing concrete cap (or what was left of it) and the top few course of stone. We relayed the stone in new mortar and installed a new stone top. We also full pointed the remainder of the chimney to the roofline. We caulked the flashing perimeter; the owner opted to reject our recommendation to replace the flashing.
Our estimates show you exactly what chimney repair or rebuilding options we propose.
We use photo-diagrams to detail every aspect of the work we’ll do, with specifics regarding materials used and procedures.
A high level of expertise
Having spent over $5,000 for our people to learn about chimney physics and engineering, our certifications include Master Cement Finisher & Master of Masonry, (Minneapolis registry, #M127), and two certifications from the Ahrens School of Masonry Restoration and Chimney repair. We are certified by The Chimney Safety Institute of America.
We offer a full range of chimney repair services including complete rebuilds, rebuilding from the roof up, chimney liner replacement, tuckpointing, installing flue top dampers, and minor repairs.
Attention to detail
The little things we do make a big difference. For example, we use a comprehensive guide to match our mortar colors to the existing mortar on your chimney.
And To prevent water leaks:
- We inspect the flashing around your chimney to make sure it’s code compliant. If it’s not, we strip down all remnants of the old flashing down to the roofing underlayment and then do a proper “build-back” with a complete, three-part system that is guaranteed not to leak.
- We put a drip ledge on your chimney cap so that water doesn’t run straight down the side.
For increased protection against chimney fires:
- We always use fire-resistant refractory mortar when installing clay tile flue liners.
- We isolate chimney flues from the cap so that they have room to expand without creating cracks that could lead to chimney fires.
To extend the life of your chimney:
- We build your chimney cap out of specially modified concrete. This makes our caps far superior to the concrete chimney caps that are typically installed.
- As a result of our continuing education in the latest concrete techniques, we also use a special additive to further strengthen our concrete caps.
“The repairs look great, Dave. You have some genuine craftsmen on your team. … We thought the cost very reasonable, as well.”
–Wayne Lakso, Minneapolis
“We had a stone chimney where the stone top had deteriorated. It was a complicated fix, and the Dayco crew did an amazing job. They did all the stone cutting themselves, and it looks beautiful.”
–Penny Winslow, Edina
To get an estimate that includes photo-diagrams of your existing structures, clearly explained details on the options we propose, and a list of references with phone numbers, call us at 952‐449‐8643 or 612‐685‐1243 or email us here!