Brick and Stone fireplaces and chimneys are quite common in homes throughout Carrollton, Texas. Even though, Carrollton can be quite warm almost year around Texans love their chimneys and prefer those with high workmanship specially the ones made out of natural stone. As with everything in your house, chimneys need maintenance. At Omega Masonry that is what we do! We are well known for our workmanship in the design and restoration of fireplaces. However, in the last decade we have focus in delivering the best brick and stone fireplace and chimney maintenance and repairs you can find in Carrollton, Texas. If quality means anything to you call the professionals at Omega. After all, you would not want a rookie fixing on your fireplace or chimney?
If you are searching for an ordinary fireplace and chimney repair outfit in Carrollton, TX, you can go to Home Advisor and find one of the numerous listings with less than stellar qualifications repairing natural stone fireplaces or you can contact Omega for the best results! Unlike a lot of other contruction jobs maintaining brick fireplaces requires workmanship you just cannot learn on YouTube. This type of skill set is learned on the job next to a master journeyman and developed over time. When you hire us you are hiring a master masonry company with extensive experience in repairing natural stone fireplaces and chimneys. If you only knew, how many times we get call to a home because the homeowner is not satisfied with the work and in several the work wasn’t completed at all! Nowadays everyone have become too reliant on Angie’s List as a source of information. The majority if times it works! However when looking for a masonry expert to build your brick chimney it litter bit of due deligense may be ideal to identify the contractor with the best craftmenship. We hope and look forward to servicing your chimney. On the other hand if you are just looking for information for a chimney build project check out our blog.
Keeping Brick Repairs to a Minimum
While brick is a material that can last for decades, it is not a “use it and forget it” material for your Texas home. Thankfully, though, it does not require large amount of maintenance time to ensure the brick repairs are kept at bay. By employing some simple upkeep tasks, you can keep your brick repairs to a minimum and have a great looking location for years.
Brick is considered by many to be the best exterior siding choice for many reasons – energy efficiency, resale value, versatility, and aesthetics, being just a few. But beyond those benefits, maintenance for brick siding is relatively simple and can be done by anyone.
Minimizing Brick Repairs through Maintenance
Like any home siding, brick needs to be cleaned. At least once a year, use a garden hose with a spray nozzle to remove any loose dirt. If a portion of your home is shaded and thus gets little sunlight, or has nearby vegetation that is damp, then you need to be on the lookout for moss, mold, or mildew. If you note any of these, they can be removed by using a scrub brush (be sure it is not one with steel in it!) and a mixture of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.
If you have a newer brick home, you may also choose to have the brick cleaned using sandblasting, as it is great for all hard burned, non-glazed, smooth, or textured brick. Included in this category of bricks are reds, buffs, whites, grays, chocolates, etc. However, do not use sandblasting for lightly sanded, coated, slurry, or sandbox brick as the brick can be permanently damaged.
Be sure to take a few minutes each spring to inspect specific areas for any damage. These areas include chimneys, steps, walkways, and mailboxes that are constantly exposed to the elements. If you note any discoloration, loose masonry, spalling, or chipped/broken bricks, you should call Omega Masonry to schedule a visit.
If you have not had your brick exterior sealed using a silane based or siloxane based sealer within the past 5 years, then you should talk to a masonry pro to do this. A sealer will prevent moisture related problems such as staining, cracking and spalling.
As you inspect the exterior of your brick location, look for any plants that may be trying to take root. While it may look beautiful, if vines work their way into the brick walls it can cause cracks in the mortar.
These simple maintenance steps will go a long way towards minimizing brick repairs and keeping your home or business looking its best. After all, brick repairs don’t have to be a part of your schedule – it’s merely a matter of simple maintenance.
However, when you do need to have brick repairs made, don’t put them off! Take time to schedule a visit with Omega Masonry and find out how your brick exterior can look like new in no time at all. Give us a call today.
When seeking for a chimney repair company in Carrollton, Texas, we are aware that you have options. All we ask is that before you sign a contract give Omega the opportunity to show you our work. We also need you to know that, we are a full service masonry contractor offering an array of services.
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