Common Chimney Flashing Issues

A chimney in a house has the potential to cause many unwanted issues like leaks, unwanted smells, and financial burdens. A chimney in a house also has the potential to be a properly working vent for family time around the fireplace or a hot bath after a day in the cold (water heater vented to … Read more

Is a Chimney Rebuild Necessary?

The important question – is a chimney rebuild necessary or are these chimney companies trying to take advantage of me? At Coast to Coast Masonry, we recommend chimney rebuilds or partial rebuilds to our clients when it comes to one important factor – when the value is in a rebuild. This means small touch-up work, … Read more

Is My Chimney Leaking?

Coming home from a long day at work you creak your front door open, kick off your shoes, and jump on your living room couch to watch some TV. Two feet from your TV, you finally notice dried water stains on your drywall. You notice this leak aligns with your chimney, but the chimney looks … Read more

Proper Chimney Crown Design Characteristics

Chimney crowns look so simple. However, being around for centuries they have evolved to become fine works of engineering, that if constructed properly, can survive decades and still be efficient. In this article we cover some very important characteristics of chimney crowns. Proper Chimney Crown Design Characteristics Slope: A concrete chimney crown should have a … Read more

Are Chimney Caps Necessary? Part 2

Chimney caps are like a swiss army knife. In our part 1 article on chimney caps, we highlighted the benefits they provide in preventing rain/water damage, as well as, keeping animals out of your chimney. Part 2 below, highlights how chimney caps can prevent backwards draft into your house and even prevent potential fires! Chimney … Read more

Are Chimney Caps Necessary? Part 1

Chimney caps, like the hood of a car, protect the expensive hardware below. Chimney caps offer great benefits and can save you a lot of money, simply by protecting a vulnerable part of a chimney, your flue liner. Think about it this way… would you keep your windows open 24/7? No. Why is this? You … Read more

How to Pour a Concrete Crown

Are you planning on having a chimney crown rebuild? In this article, we will go over the step by step process on how a professional pours a concrete crown. Although the end product visually is just a big gray block, there is so much more that goes into pouring and producing a long-lasting chimney crown … Read more

Cracked Chimney Crown

Cracked Chimney Crown   The big block of concrete on top of your chimney is often referred to as a crown or cap. Although such a simple part of your chimney, a crown actually plays a vital role in the whole chimney integrity! A cracked chimney crown does a poor job protecting ANYTHING and EVERYTHING … Read more

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