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Dealing With Major Chimney Repairs

We rely on our fireplaces to heat our homes and create a warm and welcoming ambiance; we also expect them to burn and vent safely while they are in use. However, damage from a variety of causes can make our chimneys unsafe to use, turning the fireplaces from a useful heating appliance into a solely decorative focal point. If your chimney is no longer safe to use because of damage from the elements, a chimney fire, disrepair or disuse, or other natural disasters, major chimney repairs may be the answer.

Restoring, Renovating, or Rebuilding Chimneys

Dealing With Major Chimney Repairs - Memphis TN - Coopertown ServicesThe three most common types of repairs to damaged chimneys are restorations, renovations, and complete rebuilds. The kind of repairs that your chimney needs will rely on a number of factors including the age of the chimney, the extent of the damage, or prior repairs.

– Restoration. Restoration is the best option for fireplaces and chimneys that are still structurally sound and functional – but may not be living up to their former glory. Cleaning the masonry, adding new accessories, or upgrading chimney parts such as the chimney cap can all help restore historic or well loved fireplace systems to their original beauty.
– Renovation. Do you prefer sleek, contemporary lines yet are stuck with a traditional, wood burning fireplace? Fireplace renovations help your fireplace fit in with the rest of the home’s décor. Likewise, installing an easy to use, energy efficient insert can allow homeowners to switch fuel sources within an existing fireplace system.
– Rebuild. A chimney rebuild is a major project – but will add major value to your home in the long run. Tearing down the old chimney and rebuilding may be the safest option for those damaged beyond repair. This could be in the event of chimney fires, natural disasters, or after years of disrepair. A CSIA-ceritifed chimney sweep can help you through every step of the process, from evaluating the old chimney to designing and building the fireplace system of your dreams.

Now is the Perfect Time for Chimney Repairs!

With long days and hot temperatures outside, few homeowners use their fireplaces during the summer. That makes this the perfect season to have major repairs done on your chimney! The following are three reasons to address your chimney repairs this summer.

1. Unaffected fireplace use. Waiting until fall or winter for fireplace repairs hinders your ability to use your fireplace during said repairs.
2. Better appointment times. Because summer is typically a low season for chimney sweeps, repairs can be scheduled with shorter wait times. Likewise, homeowners are more likely to be able to get an appointment time that works with their schedule.
3. Fewer delays. Warm temperatures, mild weather, and longer days help chimney repairs get done more quickly than they do in other times of the year.

Don’t let another year go by without addressing your chimney’s repairs. Contact Coopertown Services today to schedule your next chimney appointment or to discuss how we can help repair your chimney!

By Christina Robinson on June 29th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Water Damage And Your Chimney

Bricks and mortar are one of the strongest and most durable building materials. Therefore, a brick and mortar chimney should last for decades. However, one element can be extremely damaging to your chimney – water.

Moisture enters the chimney in a variety of ways. There is precipitation such as rain, ice, and snow as well as sources around the house such as sprinklers, hoses, and gutters. While most chimneys can withstand daily exposure to moisture, it does not take long for water to cause damage to your chimney.

How Water Gets In

Water Damage and Your Chimney - Memphis TN - Coopertown ServicesWhen correctly constructed and undamaged, chimneys are water-tight and designed to prevent moisture from getting in. Despite this, there are multiple ways that water can find its way into the chimney. Identifying the source of a leak often requires a professional chimney inspection, but here are three of the most common ways water enters:

– Chimney cap: The chimney cap is a fitted metal hood that covers the top of the chimney. It protects the flue from moisture and debris while still allowing smoke, hot air, and gas to safely vent. Damaged or ill-fitting chimney caps – or those that are missing entirely – allow water to flow freely into the flue. This can cause damage to delicate interior fireplace and chimney components. In addition, it leads mold or mildew growth in the flue or firebox.
– Chimney crown: The chimney crown is a stone or cement slab that covers the top of the chimney stack around the flue. Because of their location, the chimney crown often bears the brunt of the chimney’s exposure to the elements. If made from the wrong materials or constructed incorrectly, chimney crowns can crack or break down, allowing water into the chimney.
– Chimney flashing: Flashing is layers of metal and weatherproofing material that seal the joint between the roof and the sides of the chimney. Age, overexposure, severe weather, or roofing repairs and replacement damages flashing. Flashing leaks are often mistaken for roof leaks because they cause water damage to walls and ceilings around the chimney.

Preventing Water Damage

The best way to protect your chimney against water damage is through regular preventative maintenance. Annual chimney sweepings and inspections can help ensure there are no areas of damage or deterioration within the chimney or fireplace. Likewise, an annual inspection can provide a baseline for the condition of your chimney; this allows your chimney sweep to identify even minor water damage as soon as it occurs.

Applying masonry sealer to the bricks and mortar is another valuable tool that can be used to prevent water damage. Paints and traditional sealants create a two way barrier. This means they prevent moisture from getting in but also keep existing moisture and gasses trapped in the brick. They allow bricks to remain naturally porous, preventing water from being absorbed while still allowing trapped water and gas to evaporate.

Despite your chimney’s durability, it is still susceptible to water damage. For more information on water damage and your chimney, contact contact Coopertown Services today!

By Christina Robinson on June 15th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

We Offer Rumford Fireplaces

Whether you are renovating a historic home, want a specific style in your house, or just want a fireplace that generate enough heat to warm your entire home, Rumford fireplaces could be the right solution for you! Although Rumford fireplaces have historic origins, they can be added to any modern home.

However, there are several considerations when adding a Rumford fireplace. First, they must be built to exact specifications to burn and reflect heat efficiently. It is also important to work with an expert mason with fireplace building specific experiences. Likewise, Rumford fireplaces need regular maintenance, sweepings, and inspections to burn safely and more efficiently.

The history of Rumford fireplaces

We Offer Rumford Fireplaces - Memphis TN - Coopertown ServicesFireplaces have been a necessity and luxury for homes in a long time now. However, they historically had lots of issues. Older fireplaces:

  • Could not draw smoke up and out of the chimney properly.
  • Did not heat your home effectively.
  • Did not burn efficiently due to lack of fresh air.

In 1795, an American named Benjamin “Count Rumford” Thompson changed it all by reinventing fireplace. Rumford spent his life studying heat and fireplace dynamics. He wrote two papers detailing his improvements to modern fireplace design that were extremely popular and widely read. This new design, known as Rumford fireplace, was taller and shallower than previous designs while heating homes effectively .

Do Rumford fireplaces heat effectively?

The unique design of Rumford fireplaces allow them to heat a room more effectively than regular fireplaces. They are tall and shallow with widely angled sides. This allows more heat to be reflected back into the room instead of up the chimney. Likewise, the design also features a streamlined throat design. This effectively carries smoke up and out of the chimney without taking heated air with it.

Why are Rumford fireplaces no longer used?

Rumford fireplaces were the most popular way to heat homes between 1795 and the 1850s. Thomas Jefferson used Rumford fireplaces to heat Monticello, and Henry David Thoreau even listed them in his writings as a modern convenience.

With the turn of the 20th century, boilers, radiators, and forced heat systems became significantly more popular ways to heat homes instead. Because fireplaces were no longer needed as a primary heat sources, they became less functional and more decorative in homes. Rumford fireplaces are shallow, many mistakenly believe they cannot heat effectively or they will cause smoke to fill the room. They have such a unique design that some owners of historic homes even wrongly think that Rumford fireplace has been bricked in!

Adding a Rumford fireplace to your home

Whether you are renovating a historic home, adding a new fireplace, or updating an existing fireplace, a Rumford fireplace can add character to your home while providing efficient heat. For more information about Rumford fireplaces, contact the expert masons at Coopertown Services today!

By Christina Robinson on May 29th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Build The Perfect Outdoor Fireplace For Your Summer Get Togethers!

Many people mistakenly think that fireplaces are fall and winter only heating appliances. While you may not want a roaring fire inside when the outside temperatures soar, an outdoor fireplace can provide more than just heat year round!

Adding a new outdoor fireplace to your home is a great way add lasting value, get the most out of your outdoor living spaces, and enjoy time spend with family and friends throughout the year.

Benefits of an Outdoor Fireplace

Build The Perfect Outdoor Fireplace For Your Summer Get Togethers - Memphis TN - Coopertown ServicesWhen looking for a new home, outdoor spaces have quickly become just as important as the indoor ones. A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that the number one most requested home feature were outdoor spaces: porches, patios, decks, gardens, and the most asked about outdoor feature – fireplaces.

Outdoor fireplaces can transform your yard by adding style and creating ambiance. The following are five of the many benefits of building an outdoor fireplace for your home.

1. Add Value to Your Home

Creating a custom outdoor fireplace for your home might seem like a major undertaking, but it is a project with serious return on investment. Outdoor fireplaces are the most requested outdoor feature; building one not only adds value to your and increases its potential listing price, but also helps set your home apart from similar listings in the area.

2. Reflect Your Personal Style

Our design team can work with you to create a unique heating appliance that reflects your personal style. Whether you want a sleek, modern outdoor space, a spa-like retreat, or the look of a Tuscan villa, we can help create the perfect fireplace for your home and style.

3. Enjoy Outdoor Spaces Year Round

No matter the season, nothing chases family and friends inside faster than a cold nip in the evening air. Adding an fireplace to your outdoor spaces allows you to get more enjoyment from them year round, even when the weather is cooler. Outdoor fireplaces can extend the life of your outdoor space by warming up cool summer evenings, chilly fall afternoons during football season, and more.

4. Create Outdoor Entertaining Space.

A beautiful fireplace – as well as the heat it provides – serves as a natural focal point in an outdoor space, drawing in friends and family. Tables, chairs, sofas, and other outdoor seating can be positioned around the fireplace to create an entirely new outdoor living space to use throughout the year.

5. Get More Than Just Heat

Outdoor fireplaces provide more than just heat or added value to your home; they can also be used as a source of entertainment! Many homeowners enjoy using their outdoor fireplaces for roasting marshmallows, cooking hot dogs, and more – particularly if you have a gas indoor fireplace. Burning outside also gives homeowners the opportunity to experiment with different types of woods; while fragrant soft woods such as cherry may create too much smoke indoors, they are perfect for outdoor fires.

This year, make an outdoor fireplace the center of your summer celebrations. Contact Coopertown Services today for more information on building the outdoor fireplace of your dreams!

By Christina Robinson on May 15th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Give Your Fireplace A Face lift This Spring!

Spring has officially arrived, bringing with it longer days and warmer temperatures. With summer just around the corner, most homeowners are officially finished using their fireplaces until next fall. Because fireplaces are used so infrequently during the warmer months of spring and summer, now is the perfect time to upgrade your fireplace with a face lift!

Whether your fireplace is out of date, doesn’t match your style, or not longer meets your heating needs, a face lift can transform your heating appliance from drab to fab. The following are four reasons to give your fireplace a face lift while you aren’t using it this spring.Give Your Fireplace a Face Lift This Spring Image - Memphis TN - Coopertown Services

1. Change fuel sources

Some homeowners swear that burning real wood is the only way to enjoy a fire. Others prefer the push-button ease of using gas. Unfortunately, if the fuel source your fireplace has doesn’t match your lifestyle or heating needs, you may not be fully utilizing your fireplace.

Changing fuel sources may be as easy as installing a new insert. Fireplace inserts burning gas, pellets, or wood are all available, allowing homeowners to find a new fireplace that meets their unique needs. Likewise, most inserts can be installed into an existing hearth, making it possible to convert fuel sources without building an entirely new chimney system.

2. Add value that lasts

There is one feature that home buyers can’t get enough of – fireplaces. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, 46% of buyers found looks to be the most important aspect of a fireplace; the same survey found buyers were willing to pay as much as $1,400 more for a home with an updated fireplace. Giving your fireplace a face lift can add value to your home that will last for years to come.

3. Match your design style

Do you have a sleek gas fireplace while the rest of your home is French Country? Or does your traditional wood burning fireplace not match the rest of your home’s minimalist style?

If your fireplace does not fit in with the rest of your home, it can become an eyesore instead of a focal point. A fireplace facelift allows you to design a fireplace surround that matches your style and fits in seamlessly with the rest of your home. Whether you want brick, stone, or tile, our team can create a custom look that meets both your heating needs and home décor.

4. Make a small change – or a major one

A fireplace face lift doesn’t have to necessitate a significant construction project. Because each project is completely personalized, our staff can help you make a big – or small – change to makeover the look of your fireplace.

Building a new mantle can change the entire look of a fireplace without changing the masonry. Likewise, a project as minor as installing new glass fireplace doors can create an updated look with minimal construction; new glass doors is also an easy way to improve fireplace efficiency.

Make the most out of the spring season by giving your fireplace a face lift! For more information on fireplace face lifts or to schedule your next appointment, contact Coopertown Services today!

By Christina Robinson on April 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment