As the weather gets colder and the holidays creep up, it is important to ensure that everything in your home is running smoothly so as not to cause any extra stress during these hectic times. With all the parties, shopping, and traveling that the holidays require, no one has time to deal with a chimney that is in need of service. Keep your yule log burning, your chestnuts roasting, and your holiday traditions going with custom chimney services from Authentic Stone Creations of Lexington, Kentucky.
Chimney caps are a must have for any home, especially with winter being right around the corner. Chimney caps cover the top of your chimney and are usually composed of a square of circular wire mesh body topped with a metal plate. Chimney caps cover the opening to your chimney to block water, snow, downdrafts, and animals from entering your home. In addition to keeping things out of your home, chimney caps also block loose embers and ash from landing on your roof to help keep your home safer when you are using your fireplace. There are many different kinds of chimney caps available, some with wire mesh and some without, that come in a wide range of colors, styles, and sizes.
Chimney liners are another incredibly important part of maintaining a safe and functional fireplace for the holiday season. Chimney liners are ceramic or metal ducts that are installed inside the chimney. Liners help direct heat and combustion byproducts outside of your home, keeping the fireplace functioning properly, the chimney safe from corrosion, and your home insulated from the temperatures outside. The type of material used for your chimney liner will depend on the type of fireplace that you have: wood, gas, solid fuel, or oil burning. Chimney liners should be checked whenever you have your chimney serviced by a professional, and should be replaced whenever damage is noticed.
The stonework on your chimney is another area that must be taken care of to ensure that your fireplace keeps running smoothly for the holidays. Because chimneys are held together with mortar joints and bricks, they are susceptible to damage from moisture. Moisture will eventually seep into the mortar joints and corrode the material, which can cause leaks, deterioration, and other damages to your chimney and home if not repaired properly. The crown of your chimney, usually composed of poured concrete, will also need to be repaired after some time to ensure that no weather-induced corrosion has occurred.
Make sure that your chimney is functioning at its very best this holiday season by contacting Authentic Stone Creations. Proudly serving Lexington, Kentucky and all the surrounding areas, Authentic Stone Creations can help with all your chimney repair, liner, and cap needs. With an A+ rating from the BBB and over two decades of experience, our team of experienced masonry and chimney experts have the custom chimney service you need to ensure your fireplace runs smoothly for the upcoming holiday season.
The mention of stonework in Lexington, Kentucky immediately brings to mind the beautiful rock fences that line so many of our roads and property lines. These free-handed limestone walls are a testament to another time. There are many ways to add stonework to your home today, and the experts at Authentic Stone Creations are the ones to do it.
Outdoor Stonework Designs
Because of its natural look, stonework blends in beautifully with the outdoors. Let our design team help you draw up a plan using stone, brick, cultured stone, blocks or concrete to create added interest to your property. Make your yard more usable with stone retaining walls. Establish your outdoor entertaining area with a new stone or concrete patio that will never have to be sanded or re-stained like a deck. Add an outdoor fireplace made of stone to give a rustic feel to a backyard and provide a great reason to stay out later in the year. Or construct a brick fireplace with a cooking area for pizza-making. Grills, sinks and mini-fridges set in stonework give outdoor eating areas a finished look.
Another great use of stonework outdoors that many people don’t think about is mailboxes. If you have brick or stone on the outside of your home, the mailbox can be constructed to match. Mailboxes made with stone, blocks, or bricks will last longer than those made of plastic or metal, and there is a much smaller chance of it being knocked over. Not to mention how much more appealing they are.
Lexington, Kentucky stonework isn’t just for the outdoors, it’s also beautiful inside your home. A stone or brick wall adds a focal point to an otherwise dull room or entryway. Recreate your favorite Irish pub in your basement with a stone bar, walls and wooden barstools. Replace the builder-grade surround on your fireplace with natural stone or traditional brick. Stonework can be beautiful in any room of your home. Call us for an appointment and let our team of expert designers show you how.
If you’re fortunate enough to already have stonework in or around your home, but it is in need of repair, Authentic Stone Creations can help. We repair fireplaces, walkways, patios and driveways. We can also add caps or liners to increase the safety and efficiency of your chimney.
Stonework is an art, and to do it right takes dedication, skill and experience. Our team has over 20 years of experience working with all types of stone, and we like nothing more than to create stonework that surpasses our customers’ expectations. Take advantage of our free estimates and plan on meeting with us within a day or two after calling to get your stonework creation or repair under way. We serve Central Kentucky, including Lexington, Frankfort, Georgetown, Paris, Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, Richmond and Somerset.