Chicago Building Code Violation Tickets? We specialize in correcting them!
For over 30 years, Edmar Corporation has specialized in correcting City of Chicago building violations for commercial, residential, and industrial properties.
Edmar Corporation is a full service contractor that solves city violations from start to finish. Our team of licensed professionals pull the necessary permits, produce drawings and calculations, complete necessary repairs, and work with the City of Chicago to ensure that you are no longer fined high fees.
Our experience and astounding reputation (check our Yelp reviews & Google reviews) speak volumes about our services. As fully licensed, bonded, and insured contractors, you can rest assured that your repairs will be completed in a thorough, safe, and efficient manner.
For a free estimate, please contact our offices at 1-847-724-5600 or email us to schedule an appointment. An experienced specialist will walk you through the necessary repairs, provide you with a recommendation, and get you on the way to a violation-free building as fast as possible.
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Masonry & Tuckpointing – Most Common Problems
Do any of the masonry and tuckpointing problems on the pictures below look familiar? Did you notice deteriorating brick, missing mortar between bricks, corroding lintels, crumbling parapet walls, or leaning chimney on your property? Don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE, non obligatory evaluation of masonry problems.
This single phone call may save you a lot of money.
Masonry Services Provided by EDMAR Corporation in Chicago and Suburbs
We have been caring for the beautiful masonry buildings of Chicago for nearly 30 years. Our expertise in brickwork and masonry has helped to maintain this city’s charm and improved its homes, offices, churches, and stores. Whether your masonry project is large or small, or if you need brick replacement or masonry repair, our dedicated team can help, always sure to do it once, and do it right.
Chicago weather makes national news, and the mortar and brickwork feel the brunt of it. That’s why tuckpointing in Chicago is so important – to keep buildings safe and sound (and stunning) year round. No matter the wear and tear, our mortar repointing can restore each building to its original luster.
What is Tuckpointing, Re-pointing, and Pointing?
What is Tuckpointing?
Masonry wall tuckpointing (or tuck-pointing) refers to a process of using two contrasting colors of pigmented mortar (one of them usually matches the masonry wall brick color), to create an illusion of a fine mortar joint between the two layers of bricks.
What is Re-pointing?
Masonry wall re-pointing involves cutting away deteriorated mortar from between the bricks, masonry blocks and/or stones, cleaning the joints, and refiling them with new mortar.
What is Pointing?
In masonry, the word “Pointing” describes an external portion of a masonry wall mortar joint, the line between bricks, stones, and/or CMU’s.
Mortar isn’t the only thing that gets damaged by Chicago winters – bricks can absorb moisture and become weathered by extreme temperatures, leading to spalling and cracked surfaces, and deteriorating complications down the line. Brick deterioration is often a result of failing mortar joints so these two services, tuckpointing/repointing and brick wall repair, are closely associated.
What is Masonry Parapet Wall? Deterioration Sings and Maintenance
What is a Masonry Parapet Wall?
Masonry structure parapet walls are vertical extensions of the building wall system above the roof line, balcony, or walkway. They can serve function of a fall-protective barrier, act as a firewall between two buildings, or have purely aesthetic purpose.
Parapet wall terminates with copings or caps, which are made from various materials. The most common types used in Chicago are metal, stone, clay tile, or precast concrete.
How often and when the Parapet Wall should be evaluated?
Just like every other masonry structure parapet wall should be inspected by qualified contractors on regular basis. Taking our Chicago climate into consideration, the ideal time for masonry parapet wall evaluation would be twice a year.
- In the fall, to make sure they are prepared for the cold season
- In the spring to ensure it sustained no damage due to wintry weather exposure
What are the signs of Parapet Wall deterioration?
The most common signs of moisture damage and freeze-thaw penetration on parapet walls are:
- Cracked / open mortar joints, loose / missing mortar
- Spalled faces of bricks, CMU’s, stone, or loose masonry units
- Loose, cracked, chipped coping units
- Cracks in seams between coping units
- Cracks / gaps in roof flashing
- Parapet wall buckling
Any of the masonry parapet wall deterioration sings listed above shouldn’t be ignored. Correcting small problems as early as possible can prevent extensive and expensive repairs in the future. Give us a call at 847-714-5600 for a FREE parapet wall evaluation.
Steel lintel replacement in Chicago is a vital necessity. When these load bearing structures warp and corrode, they jeopardize the architectural integrity of the wall it supports. If you suspect any problems with a lintel or i-beam structure, we can assess the situation, and fix it in a manner that improves its life considerably.
Once heavily corroded, the only solution left is to replace the lintel, this process can be simple and just involve removal of a few bricks above the compromised lintel. However, if there are already significantly displaced bricks above the lintel, loose or missing mortar, noticeable masonry wall buckling, more extensive work may be required.
How to Replace a Steel Lintel Like a Pro...
The list below itemizes the most common sequence of steps we perform when replacing steel lintels. Because no two buildings are the same, sometimes we may need to follow slightly different path to achieve the same result.
- We cut into the mortar between the bricks above the compromised lintel.
- Bricks above the compromised lintels (on larger openings) will be supported to prevent possibility of wall failure.
- After cutting mortar between the bricks they will be safely removed (the same bricks will be reset in place after cleaning)
- Old, damaged lintel will be removed entirely or I-Beam’s flange will be cut out and replaced with a new one.
- New steel lintel sealed with corrosion resistant paint will be set above the window.
- Stainless steel drip edge will be installed on top of the new lintel (over NP1 caulking).
- Self-adhering rubber flashing will be installed next…
- Secured with termination bar along its top edge. Mastic caulking will be applied along top edge of the termination bar. The same bricks will be reinstalled and tuck-pointed with mortar matching existing as close as possible.
- Weep holes will be placed in between the bricks / along the new lintel to help drain any water away from the inner wall.
- The same bricks will be reinstalled and tuck-pointed with mortar matching existing as close as possible.
Brick chimney repair is never just about aesthetics – it is first and foremost a safety and sometimes life-threatening issue. Bricks can come loose and endanger passers-by, and there can also be masonry problems within, affecting the operation of fireplaces, and / or furnaces and water heaters. Always opt to have your chimney inspected if you suspect there to be any kind of problem.
Answers to some masonry related questions you may have...
No one wants to read the Chicago Building Code. It’s lengthy, it’s detailed, and let’s just say it’s not much of a page-turner. Here, we will sum up the basics and let you in on some of the most useful tips for homeowners to avoid a violation when in the midst of a construction project. The easiest way to avoid a building code violation in Chicago…read more
Regardless if a wall is built from stone or bricks, mortar is still going to be used in both cases in order to fill the visible joints on its face. Generally, this is the same mortar that was used for joining the building material. The scope of these face joints is to not only protect the wall from the elements, but they also give it a very nice finish. However, while professionals…read more
When it comes to glass block windows, they are generally composed of a certain number of modular, single blocks made out of glass that are set with mortar in the opening of a masonry or maybe a wood wall. However, sooner or later one or more of these glass blacks can break, get scratched, or develop cracks. When one glass block in a window…read more