Earth and soil movement, leaky roofs, design flaws, foundation problems, excessive moisture, structural damage, and plain old wear and tear can wreak havoc on masonry buildings, making brick repair in Chicago inevitable. The damage may manifest as cracks, spalling, disintegration, unsecured brick veneer, or even complete structural failure. Whether your brick structure shows signs of distress or is already in a state of extreme deterioration, our Chicago brick restoration services are designed to restore the brick and mortar to their previous glory and address any underlying structural problems.
Chicago Brick Company’s brick repair and restoration services are ideal for repairing cosmetic or structural brick damage affecting:
Brick repair projects often extend beyond the brick and mortar to other components such as interior doors and windows. Our brick restoration experts are skilled in repairing all aspects of brickwork, including replacing the steel lintels that are used to surround an opening in the brickwork.
When it comes to installing or repairing doors and windows in a brick building, you don’t want to take a chance with either the brickwork or the integrity of your home! These are the types of jobs that require both expertise and craftsmanship. Contact Chicago Brick Co. for a free estimate and see why countless Chicago residents and businesses have relied on us for brick repair and construction projects of all types for decades.
The word “lintel” isn’t one you hear every day, but it’s important in terms of brick construction. Lintels are ornamental and/or structural steel elements placed over openings such as doors, windows, and garage doors. Brick buildings require the use of lintels to support and carry the excessive weight of the brickwork above the opening.
Lintel replacement is often required in conjunction with brick repair in Chicago. One of the more common issues requiring lintel replacement involves rusted steel lintels. Lintels rust due to excessive moisture which could be caused by improperly installed or deteriorated flashing, weep issues, or even a lack of rustproofing.
Longer lintels, such as those spanning a garage door, patio doors, or expansive windows, may require replacement if they are not properly sized to adequately support the brickwork above it.
How can you tell if a brick repair job requires lintel replacement? Below are a few tell-tale signs:
Lintel replacement requires removing brickwork surrounding the opening, removing the deteriorated lintel, installing flashing, installing a new steel lintel, and then replacing the bricks and mortar using professional brick repair techniques for a seamless repair.
Chicago Brick Company’s brick repair team is fully qualified to replace damaged lintels and restore the surrounding masonry. If you suspect lintel damage, contact us right away because the sooner lintel issues are caught and repaired, the less extensive the brick damage will be. Don’t wait for an imminent wall collapse, contact us today for prompt lintel and brick repair in Chicago.
Though the art of masonry is ancient, the craft takes years to master. Experience really does count. Depending on the damage and age of the masonry, brick restorations may require custom mortar mixes, brick replacement, or tuckpointing. For a natural-looking brick or mortar repair, it may be necessary to use reclaimed bricks or chemically analyze the composition of the mortar so that it can be recreated using sand of the same color, texture, and size. Our experience, resources, and passion for perfection result in structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing brick restorations.
Property owners and contractors count on us for expert brick restoration services in Chicago. We believe that the finished restoration should blend in seamlessly with the original brickwork. Our team consists of qualified masons experienced in the art of historic and contemporary brick restoration, sourcing sand and reclaimed Chicago brick, mixing custom mortars, brick color matching, and masonry techniques.
For the finest brick restoration and brick wall repair in Chicago, contact us today.
We carry both a class B and class C masonry license (license #MC6627) issued from the City of Chicago, Department of Buildings. These licenses permit us to legally perform concrete and brick work and obtain permits as needed.
Due to a lack of enforcement, approximately 9 out of 10 contractors performing extensive masonry repairs in Chicago lack a class C license and are not adequately insured.
As an educated consumer, do your due diligence before hiring a contractor because, unfortunately, not all contractors share our commitment to the profession. Don’t assume or take a contractor’s word for it, demand to see the physical license and make sure it has not expired. If the contractor can’t produce a current license, continue your search for a licensed masonry contractor in Chicago.