The chimney services industry uses a lot of terminology that the average homeowner doesn’t immediately understand. One area of confusion involves cosmetic work and repair work done to a chimney’s mortar joints. It’s common to hear all mortar work referred to as “tuckpointing.” But tuckpointing is just one type of process. Another is known as “repointing.”
FlameMaster Chimney Sweep of Crystola, CO, would like to outline what each of these processes are so you’ll be informed the next time this kind of work needs to be done to your chimney.
Tuckpointing is a cosmetic job. Here, the technician mixes a new mortar compound in the color of the existing bricks. The compound is applied to the mortar joints, followed by a lighter lime putty. The result is a handsome mortar appearance that mimics the look found in older masonry designs, often called “rubbed brick.” Many homeowners schedule tuckpointing as part of a larger effort to beautify their homes and properties. It’s a great way to improve the looks of an older chimney.
Repointing is a repair process, although the finished product should also look attractive.
When mortar begins to crumble away from between the bricks of a chimney, the problem needs to be addressed quickly. Damaged mortar will allow water to seep in and start a cycle of further mortar damage as well as damage to the bricks. Repointing is the way to tackle this problem.
If left alone, severe masonry damage can lead to:
Repointing involves the technician using a chisel to remove decayed mortar sections. After brushing away any remaining dust, a new mortar compound is applied, using just enough pressure to remove pockets of air.
With the joints filled, they’re smoothed out in a way that allows them to blend in appearance with the other mortar joints of the chimney.
There’s more to these two projects than we’ve outlined here. The main thing you need to know as a homeowner is the importance of working only with qualified chimney professionals for tuckpointing and repointing projects. Experienced technicians are not only trained in the tuckpointing and repointing processes, but they also know a lot about your chimney structure and its components. They’re able to spot problems early, which allows you to solve the problems before they get out of hand. Most chimney service technicians perform chimney inspections. An inspection can range from a general overview of readily accessible portions of your chimney all the way up to a major inspection of hidden and unseen areas of the system.
Whether it’s a cosmetic upgrade or a critical repair to extend the life and performance of your chimney, FlameMaster is ready to help. We provide expert tuckpointing and repointing services along with a full menu of chimney repairs and component replacements.
We also clean chimneys to reduce the chance of a chimney fire and perform annual inspections to ensure that your chimney is running safely and efficiently. For all your chimney needs throughout the greater Colorado Springs area, call FlameMaster at (719) 661-3277. You can also get in touch with our handy contact form.