Spring is the ideal time for masonry repairs. Harsh winter weather takes a huge toll on your home's façade with freeze-thaw cycles and use of de-icers causing significant deterioration of your stone, cement and masonry. Timely attention can save you hundreds and thousands of dollars in major restoration expenses. Our masonry service experts recommend doing a visual inspection of your building envelope as soon as the weather permits.
Here are three key areas requiring attention: chimney, bricks (foundation), and windows.
Start with your chimney. A cracked chimney crown, spalling bricks and flashing damage are typical issues to look for. Also check for efflorescence (a white calcium-like deposit) which indicates that your masonry joints might be absorbing water. Fixing the mortar and replacing the crown or cap, if necessary, can prevent further structural damage and avoid a fire hazard.
Next, inspect your exterior wall and foundation. Look for trouble spots under the eaves and downspouts. Bulging bricks or mortar are a sign of poor quality downspouts or drainage issues. Cracks are usually an indication of foundation problems caused by soil compaction, heaving (as a result of freeze-thaw cycles), etc.
When it comes to your windows, ask yourself this: does the room feel cold or drafty? Is energy usage unusually high? Are there signs of moisture damage around your windows? Check the caulking and weather stripping around each frame. Condensation could be an indication that the seal is compromised. Leaks let in cold/hot air driving up your heating and cooling bills.
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