At Morrill and Forbes, we take great pride in our masonry work, and our masonry expertise includes outdoor fireplace construction, exterior home veneers and full chimney rebuilds. It also, of course, includes all types of chimney and fireplace repairs, like chimney crown repairs and rebuilds.
Why Is The Crown So Important?
The crown is one of your chimney system’s most important barriers against moisture intrusion. A properly-constructed and installed crown will divert water away from the flue opening and toward the gutters, without allowing it direct contact with the chimney masonry exterior. Since masonry crowns have to constantly battle the effects of the elements — from the heat of the sun to pounding rain and freezing snow — cracks and spalling can, and often do, develop.
Chimney crown damage quickly gets worse, too. Even small imperfections allow water greater access to the inside of the masonry, and the freeze/thaw process can then allow water to expand inside the crown, causing significant spalling damage. Having crown damage repaired quickly and correctly is key to minimizing further chimney damage and keeping leaks from reaching your home’s interior.
From Repairs To Rebuilds, We Can Help Your Crown
We most often find crown damage either during an annual chimney inspection or after a chimney leak develops. We certainly prefer the former, since it allows Morrill and Forbes’ technicians to make repairs while the damage is minimal, and before a full crown rebuild and potential interior repairs become necessary. That’s a part of why keeping up with annual inspections is so beneficial.
When we inspect your chimney crown for damage, we’ll recommend the best approach for bringing your chimney back to peak moisture protection.
If your crown has smaller cracks that haven’t developed into large gaps, we may be able to make adequate repairs by sealing the crown with CrownCoat. CrownCoat is a flexible waterproof sealant that covers cracks and protects both the crown and the flue’s interior from moisture intrusion.
If the damage to your crown is more considerable, we’ll have to make more significant repairs and may even need to do a full crown rebuild. If Morrill and Forbes does need to rebuild your crown, you can expect expert craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. We want your clean and new crown to look its best and be designed and built to withstand years of weather, while providing the protection you expect and need.
Trust Morrill and Forbes for all your masonry repair needs, including crown repair and rebuilding. Call 831-625-1034 to make an appointment with our masonry experts!
We Specialize In Firebox Repairs & Rebuilds!
Your firebox is the part of your heating system that takes the brunt of the heat and does the real dirty work. That’s why it’s important to show it a little love and make sure it’s working efficiently and safely.
Some Of The Most Common Reasons For Firebox Repairs Are:
- Water damage: Water damage is the number one reason fireboxes need repair. When water leaks into your firebox through your chimney, it can lead to cracks and gaps in the brick and mortar. It can also cause vegetation growth, spalling and lime-leaching, leaving white splotches of calcium deposits all over the surface of the brick. Lime weeping can also take place when water comes into contact with the brick and mortar in your masonry fireplace. This lime weeping leads to the formation of stalactites, which, last time we checked, belong in a cave, not in your living room. In addition to the damage that water can do to your firebox visually, it seriously compromises the integrity of the firebox structure, and can significantly shorten its lifespan. If you’re noticing any of these visual signs of water damage in your firebox, chances are you have a serious leak in your chimney. When a leak is left untreated, it is likely to rot the wood and produce mold in the walls and ceiling surrounding your chimney system. Before we address the spalling or other visually unappealing damage, we will locate the source of the water damage and make the necessary repairs. Once these repairs are made, we can move on to restoring or rebuilding your firebox.
- Poor Design and/or Craftsmanship: Not everyone is a skilled mason, and not everyone has the knowledge and experience to design and install a firebox. Maybe you thought you were hiring a professional, but your dream fireplace came out looking like something from a bad “do-it-yourself” video. Well, mistakes can happen, but they shouldn’t factor in to the safety and efficiency of your chimney and fireplace. Or maybe that beautiful, but somehow unbelievably cheap stone turned out to be just that: unbelievably cheap. At Morrill and Forbes, we have a passion for masonry and design and an eye for detail that you just don’t see anymore. We guarantee that your firebox work will be done beautifully and efficiently.
- Prefab Part Replacement: Perhaps you ordered a prefab firebox, and something simply isn’t working properly. We have experience repairing all types of fireboxes, regardless of manufacturer or age. If the parts are still available, then we can fix it.
- Age: Brick and mortar masonry is meant to be durable, but will inevitably crack and crumble over time. This can happen as a result of extremely drastic temperature changes (freeze/thaw cycle), water damage, and improper maintenance. If you notice any cracking or crumbling in your firebox, it is important to have a professional check for possible causes. You may have a leak that is causing extensive damage that you can’t even see.
Whatever your firebox repair needs, we are educated and trained to get the job done right. We want your firebox to be in perfect condition, so you can enjoy the warmth and ambiance of your fireplace for years to come. If you live in the Monterey Peninsula area and would like more information or need to schedule an appointment, call 831-625-1034.