It’s inevitable: The elements will eventually wear down your chimney, leaving it damaged and more vulnerable to leaks or a crumbling chimney structure. If the bricks and mortar of your chimney are deteriorating, it’s wise to have them tuckpointed in order to restore their integrity and resistance to weathering. Here at Chimney Care Plus, we provide chimney tuckpointing services will improve the exposed surface of your chimney’s exterior. We can restore the brick surface, as well as the mortar between your bricks with specialized tuckpointing techniques. If you’ve noticed that your chimney has bricks that are falling apart or mortar that is caving in, then it’s time for a restoration. Reach out to your chimney repair pros here at Chimney Care Plus. We provide tuckpointing services and chimney rebuilds for folks throughout Western Maryland, including those in Frederick, Mt. Airy, Hagerstown, and Myersville. We’d be ecstatic to make sure that your chimney looks great and performs well, even in heavy storms. You can also continue reading to learn more about tuckpointing and to find out the answers to various common questions that we receive.

What is tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is a technique that can be used to extend the life of a brick surface. When brick and mortar surfaces are damaged, they slowly lose their waterproof quality. Eventually, these surfaces can become so deteriorated that they may crumble and fail. Fortunately, masonry can be rebuilt, or it can be tuckpointed to make the brickwork appear as if it were brand new.

Now, tuckpointing is different then tearing off and rebuilding the masonry. Instead of replacing bricks, the mortar is applied to the existing brick surface. When tuckpointing, we’ll use two types of mortar to adhere to the surfaces of your chimney structure — one mortar that is the same color as the mortar between the bricks, and one mortar that mimics the natural color of your bricks. Essentially, we create a facade of mortar over your bricks to mirror the original look of your chimney, while providing better waterproofing protection and added support to the structure of your chimney. We use strong tuckpointing mortars that are designed to resist wear and tear that can be caused by precipitation and wind.