Safeguard Your Absorbent Brickwork With Our High-Quality Waterproofing & Water-Repellent Products
If you take a brick and spray it with water, you may be surprised to find that, rather than roll right off, the water actually soaks into the material. Bricks are as absorbent as your kitchen sponge and, despite being well-known for their strength and durability, they can actually be taken down quicker than you think by excess water exposure.
Needless to say, any time it snows, rains, or sleets, your chimney is put at risk. And the more exposure it faces, the faster it will deteriorate. This means that eventually you could find yourself with smoke, poisonous gases, or even flames in your home. Quite an unsettling thought.
Another reason water-damaged brick chimneys are a concern is that a weak structure is more prone to settle or collapse. Even if damages aren’t obvious to you, a professional inspection could reveal some major issues that end up hurting the value of your home or compromising your safety.
Fortunately, the experts here at Brickliners Custom Masonry & Chimney Services have the tools, training, and up-to-date knowledge to keep your brickwork and mortar better protected for years to come.
How Do Waterproofing Products Work Exactly?
So, what is it about our waterproofing products that make them so important to the longevity of your brick or stone chimney? Well, first of all, the seal they provide completely blocks water from entering your brickwork. Rather, the water simply pools on top and rolls away.
Worried about the aesthetic of your chimney being compromised? Don’t. Our products provide a clear seal and won’t give off that undesirable glossy/shiny look either.
Another unique thing about professional chimney waterproofing and water-repellent products is that they are vapor permeable. This means that, while any outside water is effectively blocked, the moisture inside (produced when you have a fire going in the fireplace) can still vent out. This is vital because the last thing any homeowner wants is to block in moisture where it doesn’t belong!
Finally, keep in mind that these sealers are known to stand the test of time. Unlike annual inspections, this isn’t a job you have to have completed every year or even every other year – you can rest easy for the long haul. Once it’s done, you’ll feel the weight lifted off your shoulders knowing water-related chimney damage is now a thing of the past.
I’ve Heard of People Using Paints or DIY Sealers… Is This an Option for Me?
You may have come across DIY waterproofing jobs online that claim the task is easy to do and much more affordable when you tackle it on your own. This is not the route we recommend for any chimney owner!
In fact, using paints and cheap sealers can actually cause your current damage to worsen over time because these products are not vapor permeable.
We noted above how important it is for your system to breathe out pre-absorbed moisture. When people do waterproofing jobs on their own, their system lacks this ability and, instead, the water stays trapped inside where it continues to cause cracking, crumbling, and decay.
Plus, while these products may protect your brickwork from rain, snow, and sleet for a while, we assure you it will not last. These products are simply not designed to offer high-quality protection for long periods of time.
In the end, you’ll eventually need to have the whole process re-done (hopefully, this time by a certified sweep), and you’ll probably have even more water damage in the meantime — meaning a lot of costly repairs will be in order, too.
Avoid the headache and the costs by investing in a water repellent that’s specifically designed to provide decades of chimney protection.
No More Water Worries — We’ve got You Covered
We’ve been serving the greater Windham area for over 15 years, and we’re proud to be the trusted chimney care company for many of our neighbors. Our extensive experience, long list of certifications, qualifications, and 5-star reviews say it all: we’re a team you can rely on well into the future.
Make us your one-stop-shop for it all — call 207-302-0018 or request an appointment online and keep masonry water damage at bay with one simple, affordable step.