For masonry chimneys, Ridgewood Bergen County, New Jersey winters produce a harsh climate, as the frequent freeze-thaw cycle will easily deteriorate the masonry. Inside, frigid cold temperatures mean that people in the Northeast often use their heating appliances, and this high usage causes the chimney to wear and tear.
Luckily, our expertise is saving chimneys, and we provide a broad variety of services to repair your chimney or simply preserve it. We are here to listen to your needs, find a common purpose, and choose the right direction to get you there, from tiny blinking fixes to historic preservation.
Relaxing by an open fireplace is a quintessential Ridgewood Bergen County, New Jersey practice. There's nothing quite like the warmth of an open flame and the crackling sound of a fire. Sadly, many homeowners let their fireplaces remain idle, either because it is in disrepair or because they are not sure whether it can be used safely. OTR Home Inc. provides a broad selection of fireplace repair methods and items to help the machine function securely and effectively.
The smoke chamber is the space above the fireplace (where you see the fire) and below the chimney flue. This field is coated in smoke from the fireplace opening into the chimney lining. The smoke chamber is one of the most critical aspects of the fireplace method – which is sometimes wrongly built. OTR Home Inc. uses a variety of strategies to parse (or coat) this smoke chamber, enabling your fireplace to function more effectively and securely.
A firebox is the masonry region that holds a fire in your fireplace. Although the bricks used in this region are normally tested to withstand extremely high temperatures, they will also decay over time. During your annual review, we pay careful attention to this area, and our mason workers will repair or retrieve any harm to your fireplace.
Do you smoke your fireplace every time you light your fire? Or maybe only in those atmospheric conditions? Don't let the smoky fireplace spoil an otherwise wonderful experience. Our accredited CSIA technicians know the best questions to pose to get to the bottom of your fireplace efficiency issues. We can also give you tips and tricks that will render your fireplace a breeze.
Water infiltration causes severe corrosion or erosion. This is common in areas where water, such as a masonry wall that has snow piled up against it will rest for a long period of time. A water repellant may be added to avoid any further damage until the masonry has been repaired.
The flaking of bricks or other masonry materials is a common masonry problem known as spalling. Spalling is caused by moisture entering the masonry and is very prominent when soft or porous bricks are used to create chimneys or houses.
Flashing will deteriorate over time, much like every other component of your chimney. Flashing can break, crack or become loose; the wind can be torn or blown off or animals can even eat it! Deteriorated flashing can cause significant damage to your home's interior, including attic sections, walls and ceilings, since water from the roof can reach the structure of the building. You should have one of our qualified technicians check the problem area when you find leaks around a chimney.
Sheet metal, lead, and/or copper may be made for flashing. It is a concept that defines the combination of two sections that are integral. The first component is the "step flashing," consisting of L-shaped sheet metal parts that are woven into the shingles to prevent rain from entering the roof and the chimney. The "counter flashing" is known as the second part. This layer is usually made of lead or copper and is inserted into the masonry and then hangs over the flashing step. Counter flashing stops rain from flashing behind the step, thus sealing the chimney. The stage flashing of the roofing material is built in the case of standing seam roofs.
Oh, no. Water entering the masonry framework above the roofline most frequently creates leaks. Waterproofing the masonry above the roofline in these situations will solve leaks where the culprit was assumed to be flashing
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