Lindholm Roofing offers a variety of services for your masonry needs. Our project managers will determine what the best options are for your building, and provide our recommendations. Lindholm Roofing works with other masonry contractors in the Chicagoland area, and will provide you with the best solution to your masonry needs.
There is a long list of elements that can affect your chimney and its lifespan, not the least of those being the Chicagoland winter weather. One of the most common problems that our professionals detect (and can prevent) is water damage from ice, rain, snow and wind. There are a few telltale signs that will indicate water damage to your chimney:
- White stains forming on bricks
- Rancid smell (especially when it is humid outside)
- Chipping or deteriorating bricks
The earlier you detect these signs, the less expensive your chimney repairs will be.
Parapet walls are a familiar sight in Chicago. Parapet walls are portions of an exterior wall that extend above the roof. They serve both an aesthetic and practical purpose, acting as a firewall between buildings.
Parapet walls can cause problems for Chicago building owners. Because they are exposed to the harsh weather elements on three sides, parapet walls are more susceptible to cracking, and efflorescence. Left unrepaired, a deteriorating parapet wall can cause water to leak down inside and outside the building walls, causing further damage.
Water penetration through porous masonry can cause costly damage that could have been avoided with the application of the proper waterproofing product.
When combined with chlorides or freeze-thaw cycles, water penetration into masonry causes immeasurable interior damage and rapid deterioration of block, concrete, mortar joints and brick. For this reason it is important to use a product that seals out water without sealing in water vapor.
Waterproofing exterior masonry with a clear non residue sealer provides long life to masonry surfaces and prevents water penetration behind masonry.