Chimney Construction, Liners, Caps, and Repair
A Chimney provides an exit strategy for smoke and gases from a fireplace, furnace, or stove. Most of us think of Chimneys in relation to our fireplaces, and the cozy warmth of a winter fire. Chimneys can be constructed of many types of masonry including; brick, stone, and mortar. Let the design team at Authentic Stone Creations assist you with designing a chimney to compliment your home.
Fireplaces are a thing of warmth and beauty and should bring you many years of enjoyment. But if improperly constructed, your fireplace can be a safety and health hazard. Our masons have over 20 years of experience in constructing and maintaining fireplaces and chimneys. We pride ourselves on meeting or exceeding building codes in construction. With our attention to detail and excellent workmanship we strive to form a lasting impression. We are also licensed and fully insured.
If your home has a chimney, we recommend that you maintain it with yearly maintenance checks. Many consumers neglect their chimneys which can create safety concerns and decrease the efficiency of your fireplace. Your chimney receives input and high levels of heat from inside the home as you use it, but also input from “Mother Nature” in the form of heat, cold, rain, snow, and wildlife seeking a warm haven. The elements can damage the masonry of your fireplace and create damage to the lining. Your flue can become blocked by buildup of soot or encroaching wildlife. Let Authentic Stone Creations, your Central Kentucky Masonry Expert perform your annual maintenance check.
Whether your fireplace gets used frequently or infrequently, exposure to the elements means that your chimney will eventually need repaired. Years of weathering can cause undesired cracks, broken chimney caps, loosening mortar joints, and spalling to occur on your masonry surfaces. These are common repair items especially for chimneys. Neglecting these needed repairs can lead to costly re-construction. Authentic Stone Creations can provide the inspection, cleaning, and repairs your fireplace and chimney deserve.
If your home is an older home, your chimney may have a clay liner that should be checked for cracks and eventually replaced. If you have had a chimney fire caused by a buildup of creosote in the flue you should have your liner inspected. Cracks in your clay liner can allow flames to ignite wooden framing near your fireplace. Our liners come with a lifetime warranty and will increase your fireplace's heating efficiency.
Chimney Caps can add beauty to the top of your chimney but perform a very important safety function as well. The cap on your chimney prevents embers from landing on your roof, keeps moisture from entering your chimney, and prevents wildlife from nesting in this warm enclosure they have found. Not only can nests block your flue, but if you’ve accidentally left the damper open, your “boarder” may find a way into your home.