It’s the beginning of February, right at the part of winter where it feels like it’s been going on a long time but there’s no end yet in sight. For anybody that lives in Chicago or any other part of Illinois for that matter, you know that winter can sometimes seem like the endless season. It’s past that early part of the season, where the snow is fluffy and white and you can get excited over going outside and enjoying the fresh, pretty snowfall and into the part where the snow is looking gray and the cold temperatures have lost their appeal. And we could have a couple more months of this! That’s what makes now the perfect time to look into doing something fresh and new on the inside of your house, and that something might just be fireplace restoration. If your fireplace is not in suitable working condition if you’ve noticed that you’re needing more and more repairs completed to get it up to snuff, or even if you’re just tired of the way your fireplace looks and want something more modern-looking, now would be the perfect time to call Richard Moore and his technicians at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair and let us come in and help you achieve just the look you’re going for.
Why Restore Your Fireplace
As you know, the fireplace is often the focal part of your living area, and if it isn’t, it should be. But a fireplace takes some work to keep it looking good. If you don’t keep up on the smoke stains, if cracks go unrepaired, or if you’ve had any damage done, your fireplace probably really isn’t worth looking at. The thing is, you might not just be looking at updating the fireplace, you might be looking at major repairs that will cost you lots of money. If you don’t take care of your fireplace, some of those little things that you might not think are worth fixing can make your fireplace inefficient and unsafe to use.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your fireplace looked at, one of the most common things that might show up is cracked mortar joints. Just time itself can cause mortar to recede or crack, but when you use your fireplace a lot, this can cause the signs and symptoms of deterioration to accelerate. If you have cracks in your masonry, dangerous gases that should be escaping through the chimney could easily be sneaking back into your home, and that’s a real problem. Also, if the bricks and mortar are deteriorating, the heat from the fire could cause the flammable items that might be near your fireplace to ignite. At Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair, our fireplace professionals are expert masons, trained in brick replacement, smoke stain removal, and tuckpointing. Tuckpointing is the process of taking the mortar out from between the bricks and replacing it with fresh, new mortar that will keep the bricks together and seal any leaks. We’re specially trained in the process, and we have all the tools that make the process go smoothly.
Fireplace Remodels and Restorations
If you’d like to have a new look for your room, it’s time to work with Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair. We have great ideas to help make your living area look new and updated. Whether you’re looking for a modern look or a rustic look, we can help you out. Because fireplaces are our passion, we make sure to stay up-to-date on any and all of the latest fireplace trends. Our professionals are CSIA certified, which means that we are educated on all the latest technologies and techniques for any upgrades you’d like to make to your fireplace. We also have great style-sense when it comes to fireplace restoration or reconstruction.
It’s fun to think about having your fireplace upgraded or restored, but if you’re going to go to the expense of making your fireplace look great, make sure that you’re also keeping up on maintenance and repairs. The CSIA recommends that you have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least annually to make sure that creosote buildup doesn’t get out of hand and to make sure that there hasn’t been damage done over the course of time since your last inspection. There’s no better place to call for chimney maintenance and repair than Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair. We are CSIA certified, which means we have access to the most extensive education and training in the industry. We are also proud of the A+ rating we’ve received from the Better Business Bureau, and our membership in the National Chimney Sweep Guild. We care about the business and we care about our clients in the Chicagoland area, Give us a call soon and we’ll get started on your fireplace restoration right away!