Residing in Chanhassen, MN, West Saint Paul, and throughout the Twin Cities Area, we experience all four of nature's beautiful seasons. However, while enjoying the wonderful Upper Midwest lifestyle, your chimney may share a different story. Our region's extreme weather changes can cause drastic temperature swings from -8°F in the winter to 92®F in the summer.
So, it's not a matter of if but when your brick masonry chimney will need repair. Regular chimney inspections can help catch early signs of masonry damage, including brick and mortar decay, minimizing repair costs and partial chimney rebuilding. Our experienced masons are exceptional craftsmen who treat every project as their own home. Twin City Fireplace provides outstanding brick and masonry repair services in the Twin Cities region, including Edina, Minnetrista, Hastings, and Woodbury.
Finest Brick Masons Among the Industry
As a locally owned, family-operated corporation, we strive to be the best and most knowledgeable chimney and fireplace contractor in the Twin Cities Area. Our team is committed to excellence and customer satisfaction in all aspects of our work. With client needs in focus, we approach every project passionately like we were working in our homes. As a result, we provide Minnesota homeowners, builders, designers, and architects with top-of-the-line hearth products, brick & stone installations, and masonry repairs that exceed expectations.
Twin City Fireplace performs all work per NFPA 211 Industry Standards & Codes to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local building and fire safety codes in each community we serve.
Brick or Mortar Deterioration
Brick or mortar deterioration is among the most common masonry chimney repairs in the 11-county Twin Cities Area. Due mainly to the winter freeze-thaw cycle, the water-absorbed bricks turn to ice, thaw, and re-freeze. It causes the brick-and-mortar to continue cracking. Eventually, you may notice areas of disappearing mortar, spalling bricks, and even entire bricks may have become loose, falling off the stack. Other causes of brick or mortar decay include improper installation and poor maintenance. Improper installation can also cause bricks to loosen, allowing water to seep in and leading to deterioration.
Individual Brick Repair
The average useful lifespan of a masonry chimney in the Upper Midwest is about 50 to 75 years. So, many homes in Lowry Hill East, Minnetrista, Stillwater, and other Minneapolis – St. Paul areas have chimneys that are reaching or have surpassed their life expectancy. Over time, the bricks in your chimney can become damaged or eroded, which requires individual brick repair to prevent further damage.
If you notice any of the following signs, call the masonry experts at Twin City Fireplace to inspect your chimney:
- Cracks in the brickwork
- Missing bricks
- Crumbling mortar
- Brick pieces on the ground near the chimney
- Gaps in the mortar joints
- Shaling flue tiles
When the damage to your chimney is extensive, you may need to have some of the bricks repaired or replaced. Otherwise, there is an increased fire risk and exposure to toxic carbon monoxide fumes. In addition, if the chimney becomes unstable, it may collapse, resulting in extensive property damage.
Minneapolis Brick Masonry Chimney Repair
Does your masonry chimney need brick or mortar repair? The talented masons at Twin City Fireplace provide outstanding masonry repair, including tuckpointing, repointing, individual brick replacement, and more that will restore your chimney's safety, integrity, and appearance. With showrooms in Edina and Woodbury, we serve Minnesotans in Lakeville, MN; Minnetonka, MN; Hastings, MN; St Louis Park, MN; and townships across the Greater Minneapolis – St. Paul metropolitan area.
Call (952) 941-2685 Edina or (651) 204-0112 Woodbury to schedule an appointment to discuss your project today!