by Mike O'Mara | Jun 27, 2019 | Chimney Crown
Located at the top of your chimney is something called the chimney crown, and it plays a big role in keeping your masonry safer and better protected. Crowns should be made from a strong, cement-based mixture to ensure they stand the test of time, but unfortunately, many were originally constructed using a mortar mix which is prone to crack and break down.
Because of this, working with the right team from the very start is a must when it comes to keeping your crown in good shape for the long haul. Learn more below about what these parts do, why they are important, and why you should trust in the certified crew here at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to help you every step of the way. Our crown repair and rebuilding services will ensure you are always taken care of, no matter what!
Preventing Water Damage
The reason crowns are so important to chimney health is due to their ability to protect your masonry from water damage. An appropriately built crown will extend slightly past the edge of your chimney, and it will slant downward. These aspects ensure rainwater is directed away from the chimney masonry.
Because your brickwork is so absorbent, keeping water away is a must. Without a chimney crown, decay is inevitable. Avoid decay and deterioration by having our sweeps come in to check things over. We can examine your crown and determine whether or not repairs are necessary
Is Your Crown Suffering?
If you have been noticing leaks throughout your chimney or if your brickwork and mortar is breaking down and crumbling, there is a good chance that a faulty crown is to blame. Fortunately, our team members are qualified to fix it up right with a product called CrownCoat. CrownCoat works to fill in cracks and gaps so that your crown won’t continue breaking down. Trust us – once we are through, your chimney will be looking and functioning better than ever!
Now, from time to time we come across crowns that have faced so much damage that basic repair work is not an effective solution. In these cases, we will recommend a rebuild. This may seem a bit daunting, but never fear because our crew is equipped to handle it. You will have a well-functioning chimney crown in no time.
Don’t Wait… Call Today!
The holidays are well behind us, and it will be quite some time before they come back around again, so call us in now while your burning season is still on hold. Not only can we check on your crown, but we can inspect your entire structure to determine whether or not you may need further maintenance.
If you do need work completed, we would be happy to help you every step of the way! Reach out today, and we can get started.
by Mike O'Mara | Apr 12, 2019 | Waterproofing
Looking to invest in services that will guarantee more protection for your entire chimney system? Crown repair and protection can work wonders when it comes to keeping your flue and masonry in better condition all year long. Invest in the care you deserve today. The team here at Weststar Chimney Sweeps is eager to help every step of the way.
What Is The Crown?
So, what is the chimney crown? The chimney crown sits at the top of the chimney, and its slanted design helps to keep water from running down the sides of your brickwork. Essentially, the water moves out and away, ensuring less exposure altogether. Masonry is very absorbent, so avoiding water at all costs is vital, especially now when spring rains are prominent.
When chimney crowns are not built from the right materials and the appropriate standards are ignored, your chimney will not stay as protected, and the crown itself will start to crack and crumble. As you can imagine, this can wind up causing a lot of damage to your chimney over time. Because of this, it is important to invest in professional help to ensure you get the best and longest-lasting results possible.
Fortunately, when the damages are not as extensive, we can address them quite swiftly and efficiently. For those small repair jobs, we use a product call CrownCoat. This is a sealant that fills cracks, repels water, and works hard to protect your chimney crown from the elements. Once it is applied, you will be all set and good to go in no time. You deserve peace of mind, and CrownCoat offers you just that.
Is The Damage Worse Than Expected?
If the damage you are experiencing is worse than you suspected, or if we discover that your crown was made from a weak mortar mixture, then a rebuild will be the way to go. Our CSIA certified crew is experienced and educated, so you can rest easier when we are the job. Come fall, your fireplace will be all set and ready for regular use.
Do You Need Waterproofing, Too?
ChimneySaver products are known for their high-quality waterproofing abilities. If you are looking to have your chimney masonry and crown waterproofed, then our team can get it done for you in no time. When it comes to preventing decay, rot, rust, deterioration, and more, waterproofing is essential.
Our products are strong, yet vapor permeable, guaranteeing better protection with every passing year. We can also set you up with the tools you need to prevent leaks and keep water out of your system for good. Give us a call today to set something up.
by Mike O'Mara | Sep 12, 2018 | Chimney Crown
If you’re a fireplace owner, then you know how important your chimney crown is. The crown sits at the top of your chimney, and its main purpose is to guide water out and away from the sides of your masonry. It slopes downwards and extends slightly past the edge of your chimney, keeping all that excess moisture far away from the sensitive brickwork and mortar that can easily absorb it.
Clearly, the chimney crown does a lot of work, year round, for your system, which is why it is vital to keep it well-protected. The CSIA certified team of experts here at Weststar Chimney Sweeps have everything you need to keep your crown in the best shape possible, no matter the weather outside.
If you’re having issues, please call us in right away, so we can get everything addressed before your burning season really takes off. We’ll have you up and running again in no time!
Addressing Issues Before They Get Worse
One way we tackle cracks and crumbling is with CrownCoat. CrownCoat plays an important role, allowing sweeps to patch up minor cracking before it worsens and starts causing you a lot of trouble. This product saves many homeowners from experiencing more extensive damage, and it minimizes the chances of having to rebuild the entire chimney crown, which is a lot more costly and time-consuming.
This product is flexible, cures in a few hours, and it comes with a 15-year warranty, so you don’t need to stress about further issues any time soon. It’s also environmentally friendly, and it’s easy to apply, ensuring our sweeps can get the job done fast. When you combine experienced, knowledgeable technicians like ours with great products like CrownCoat, you won’t have to worry about a thing!
Importance Of Waterproofing
Another great quality about CrownCoat is its waterproofing agents that ensure no excess moisture will be granted access to the previously affected area. A spot that was once vulnerable will quickly transform into a strong and durable section of your crown, sure to give you high-quality protection for years to come.
In fact, we feel that waterproofing qualities are so important that we strongly advised our customers to invest in waterproofing services for their entire masonry structure. If you haven’t had your chimney waterproofed, then this is likely a key reason why things started to break down in the first place. Our experts can address cracks, holes, and other deterioration quickly, before they get worse, then waterproof your system, so that moisture can’t work its way in any longer.
Fall Is Nearing, So Call Now
Most homeowners utilize their fireplace a lot more once the holiday seasons start coming back around, so ensure you’re all set and ready to go by getting our sweeps in as soon as you can. We’ll take a thorough look at everything, so you can rest easier knowing your system is safer for regular use come fall. This isn’t the time to procrastinate – give us a call now.