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  • Bri C. AvatarBri C.

    Our condo association will definitely be hiring Edward and his company again this year. They completed two projects for us, some tuckpointing and brickwork on... read more

    Tom O. AvatarTom O.

    5 star rating I called Ed and he came within the same day and after careful examining the
    the chimney he gave his estimate which was very straight...
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    Adam N. AvatarAdam N.

    I had EDMAR rebuild my chimney. They did such good work I called them back to replace a rusty lintel above my windows. ... read more

  • bri c. Avatarbri c.

    Our condo association will definitely be hiring Edward and his company again this year. They completed two projects for us, some tuckpointing and brickwork... read more

    Margaret B. AvatarMargaret B.

    Edmar Corporation did a great job fixing several problems with my 100 plus year old beautiful greystone. Edmar and his partner help me resolve... read more

    Emily R. AvatarEmily R.

    Excellent experience from Edmar from start to finish! From the first estimate, I enjoyed the experience of working with Ed and his team. They rebuilt... read more

  • Dan P. AvatarDan P.

    5 star rating I had Edmar rebuild a portion of my parapet wall. I had gotten quite a few recommendations and estimates from different local companies. ... read more

    A G. AvatarA G.

    By far the most professional and highly skilled company I've worked with.
    I had a chimney taken down and rebuilt from the roof line up. ...
    read more

    Tony R. AvatarTony R.

    By far the most professional and highly skilled company I've worked with.
    I had a chimney taken down and rebuilt from the roof line up. ...
    read more

  • A G. AvatarA G.

    Edmar is the most professional construction with many skilled workers in Chicago area, as long as I know. If your priority is choosing a... read more

    Maciek G. AvatarMaciek G.

    Greta People to do Business with ! Quality and fair price for Top Quality. I did Parapet wall fix and new concrete steps. They also... read more

    Pamela R. AvatarPamela R.

    My experience with Edmar Corporation from beginning to end was excellent!! I wish I could rate it high than 5 stars! The quote was... read more

  • Ellen P. AvatarEllen P.

    I am a case manager who works with people with disabilities and one of my clients needed her roof repaired due to a big hole... read more

    Jargren S. AvatarJargren S.

    5 star rating I just have to say the work, the crew, and Ed were wonderful. Their quality of work and maintaining the job site in an... read more

    Dema D. AvatarDema D.

    5 star rating I decided to hire Edmar based on excellent Yelp reviews and I was not disappointed. The work I hired him for was to repair my... read more

  • Tania M. AvatarTania M.

    5 star rating Edmar Corp replaced the front brick of our property this summer. Not only did Ed provide us a reasonable estimate but he was patient while... read more

    Dan W. AvatarDan W.

    5 star rating My job wasn't large, but Edmar treated me like I was their most important customer. The concrete work they did is just about perfect. I... read more

    S K. AvatarS K.

    5 star rating If it were possible to give more than 5 stars, I would! We had to reconstruct our brick and wrought iron fence after the... read more

  • Mark U. AvatarMark U.

    I asked for a proposal to tuckpoint our commercial building and Peter came out and inspected it with me and answered all my questions. ... read more

    Elizabeth S. AvatarElizabeth S.

    5 star rating We had a wonderful experience with Edmar. We needed a level of brick and capstone removed from our rooftop - the job was completed in... read more

    Melissa H. AvatarMelissa H.

    5 star rating This company fixed some stairs for a customer of mine. They were quick to contact customer as it was a closing issue contigent on... read more

  • Paul P. AvatarPaul P.

    5 star rating Excellent work. Work was done in 2 days. Walkway was re pitched to align better with stoop (which showed large cracks at base where walkway... read more

    John F. AvatarJohn F.

    5 star rating Edmar Corporation Masonry was contracted for three projects on an industrial building in the City. The first project was to rebrick part of a doorway... read more

    Allison W. AvatarAllison W.

    positive review  EDMAR came to replace 35 feet of sidewalk by my house. They busted old concrete one day and poured new sidewalk next. NICE JOB.

  • Cyndy O. AvatarCyndy O.

    5 star rating We had Edmar complete 3 separate projects at our home. Replacing garage siding/windows, entire front and rear porch. In any home project we have had... read more

    Mr T. AvatarMr T.

    I needed my chimney tuckpointed. The crew came out at 8am, were finished in a few hours. They were professional and cleaned the job site... read more

    Jolanta J. AvatarJolanta J.

    Edmar Corporation did an outstanding masonry job on our Condominium BLDG!!!! We are very satisfied with the work!!!! Mr. ED came for the estimate and... read more

  • Frank M. AvatarFrank M.

    Peter and his crew did a fantastic job with replacing our worn chimney. Peter was great with clear estimation, straight forward proposal and answering... read more

    A G. AvatarA G.

    They rebuilt my parapet wall quickly for a reasonable price! The wall looks great. I'm very satisfied with their work and customer service!!

    Sarah V. AvatarSarah V.

    This company is really excellent. I hired them to come and redo the siding, soffits, gutters, and downspouts on the addition of my 1927 Mediterranean-inspired... read more

  • Emily R. AvatarEmily R.

    5 star rating Highly recommend. Ed came out, gave us a quote and started our project all very quickly. His crew kept the area very clean and did... read more

    Amelia F. AvatarAmelia F.

    We hired Edmar to rebuild our parapet on our brick multi-family house during the summer of 2020, and they did an outstanding job! The brickwork... read more

    Nefe D. AvatarNefe D.

    Very professional and exceptional work!

  • Roberto G. AvatarRoberto G.

    5 star rating Truly one of the most honest men I have ever met. Me and my family will be using and recommending Ed for all our... read more

    Ellen P. AvatarEllen P.

    5 star rating I am a case manager who works with people with disabilities and one of my clients needed her roof repaired due to a big hole... read more

    Michael P. AvatarMichael P.

    Thank you for the great service. We had some tuck pointing work that needed to be done on the chimney and foundation of our... read more

  • Gene P. AvatarGene P.

    5 star rating We had some cracks in the masonry on our building, it wasn't a big job but Ed came by to take a look anyway. Compared... read more

    Azar K. AvatarAzar K.

    My building hired Edmar to do a tuck pointing project and we couldn’t be more impressed. Peter the project manager came out to our building... read more

    Todd B. AvatarTodd B.

    5 star rating The team did a fantastic job repairing water damaged block and metal I-Beam above the outside of my garage. Good communication through the project and... read more

  • Linda Q. AvatarLinda Q.

    5 star rating My husband and I bought a foreclosure on Newcastle and needed to do some work. In order to attain inside look of the kitchen we... read more

    David D. AvatarDavid D.

    5 star rating Without question the best experience I have ever had with any contractor, Ed is direct and honest; no surprises. I rarely write reviews unless I... read more

    Antonio R. AvatarAntonio R.

    5 star rating Top Notch Masonry Contractor. Had a new Chimney rebuilt from the roof up. The Crews were professional and we're highly skilled tradesmen. ... read more

  • Matt M. AvatarMatt M.

    Edmar is the best in the business. I’ve owned buildings in the city for a while now and I’m telling you there’s no one more... read more

    Karen D. AvatarKaren D.

    positive review  I had EDMAR repair my brick chimney a little while ago. The crew took apart everything above the roof, fixed the brown clay tube inside... read more

    Jonathan M. AvatarJonathan M.

    We just had work completed on our 7 unit building and the team did a fantastic job. Quick efficient, and effective. They had to... read more

  • April B. AvatarApril B.

    5 star rating Nice concrete work and the grading helped to move water away from the walk. Very professional and worked with us to address water issues.

    Meltem A. AvatarMeltem A.

    Edmar cooporation build a new porch for our condo association. They were very professional, kept their promises. Very quick great work friendly and professional service.... read more

    Peter L. AvatarPeter L.

    Great service.

  • Mary M. AvatarMary M.

    We hired Edmar to do tuckpointing on our entire red brick facade and touch up much needed spots around the rest of the house. Our... read more

    Tony R. AvatarTony R.

    By far the most professional and highly skilled company I've worked with.I had a chimney taken down and rebuilt from the roof line up. ... read more

    Heeyon C. AvatarHeeyon C.

    Edmar is the most professional construction with many skilled workers in Chicago area, as long as I know. If your priority is choosing a... read more

  • Jeff G. AvatarJeff G.

    It's always frightening to undertake a project that requires dismantling the infrastructure of your home. Thus, it was no different with me when I asked... read more

    Bill C. AvatarBill C.

    4 star rating I couldn't be happier with Edmar corporation. He gave me a quote on the extensive brick work my 2 flat needed. It was a... read more

    Cassie M. AvatarCassie M.

    5 star rating Peter and crew were very professional and did an excellent job installing a new sliding glass door for us. The install included fixing some siding... read more

  • Loi P. AvatarLoi P.

    Best company I've dealt with. Owner and employees perfect

    Ross U. AvatarRoss U.

    5 star rating I usually do a lot of research before I let someone touch my home. After talking to a few tuck pointing companies it was obvious... read more

    Margaret B. AvatarMargaret B.

    Edmar Corporation did a great job fixing several problems with my 100 plus year old beautiful greystone. Edmar and his partner help me resolve difficult... read more

  • O A. AvatarO A.

    5 star rating Edmar did some work for our condo building. He gave us an honest quote for the work that needed to be done, and did... read more

    Daisy M. AvatarDaisy M.

    I got several quotes, Edmar was honest and priced very well. Their efficiency and neatness were most impressive, thanks for a great result!

    Brooke L. AvatarBrooke L.

    Edmar did a great job repointing the stonework on the front of our house. We requested quotes from a few companies, and they were the... read more

  • Aida A. AvatarAida A.

    Our condo association hired Edmar Corporation to do some much needed repairs on our building. It came to our attention that there were leaks on... read more

    Andy W. AvatarAndy W.

    5 star rating These guys came thru. After some problems getting the work completed they came back out and finished the work as well as some additional brick... read more

    Sorin B. AvatarSorin B.

    Peter and the staff at Edmar were very responsive and professional. I’ll definitely call them out for my next job. I highly recommend them.

  • Lara M. AvatarLara M.

    positive review  I own 3 story rental in Chicago and got building violation ticket for the rear porch… this was last summer. The porch was old and... read more

    Maciek G. AvatarMaciek G.

    Greta People to do Business with ! Quality and fair price for Top Quality. I did Parapet wall fix and new concrete steps. They also... read more

    Cecil S. AvatarCecil S.

    5 star rating I needed some tuckpointing done on a condo I manage in Chicago and called Edmar for a quote through a mutual friend that had used... read more

  • Ted T. AvatarTed T.

    1 star rating A bunch of scammers and crooks. I got a letter from them indicating building violations. The letter makes it seem they are working on behalf... read more

    Montana C. AvatarMontana C.

    They rebuilt my parapet wall quickly for a reasonable price! The wall looks great. I'm very satisfied with their work and customer service!!

    Peter L. AvatarPeter L.

    Great service.

  • Laura M. AvatarLaura M.

    Edmar completed tuck pointing work and replaced the sidewalk by our house. They did an excellent job for a very fair price. We highly recommend... read more

    Elizabeth E. AvatarElizabeth E.

    5 star rating We have a small house. Sometimes it feels like tradesmen are not very interested in taking our business. However, Ed made me feel... read more

    Elizabeth P. AvatarElizabeth P.

    They replaced lintels on my 6 flat. They were fast, professional and a pleasure to work with.

  • thomas g. Avatarthomas g.

    5 star rating So happy. These guys were fast and friendly and clean. I collected many quotes. Edmar Corporation was the lowest $ with the highest rating in... read more

    Rick B. AvatarRick B.

    5 star rating We had several issues to address, including retaining walls, parging, tuckpointing and replacing old lintels. Ed came out to review and estimate, was very... read more

    Kevin K. AvatarKevin K.

    The owner, Ed, was awesome to work with. Genuinely nice guy, honest and a true professional in his craft. We had some extensive masonry work... read more

  • Don M. AvatarDon M.

    Very professional and great work on rebuilding my chimney. Recommend

    Brian K. AvatarBrian K.

    3 star rating I would give closer to 3 1/2 stars if I could. I was pleased with the work that was completed. I had 4... read more

    James M. AvatarJames M.

    Can't thank you enough for all your help with our repair. Donna appreciate your help and thank you to both the professional gentlemen that... read more

  • Brian J. AvatarBrian J.

    I was experiencing a leak through one of the front windows of my building, and worked with the Edmar team to completely rebuild the parapet... read more

    Adrian F. AvatarAdrian F.

    positive review  Last December we experienced some serious problems at our condo building. Many widows from 3rd floor units were leaking water along their top frames. We... read more

    Peter J. AvatarPeter J.

    I haven’t been so excited in my live, the work is finally done! For the past five days I had a crew of 5 working... read more

  • Irena S. AvatarIrena S.

    Great work, great price.

    Jonathan M. AvatarJonathan M.

    We just had work completed on our 7 unit building and the team did a fantastic job. Quick efficient, and effective. They had to... read more

    Clara S. AvatarClara S.

    5 star rating I had Edmar Corporation do work on my house in Glenview in the summer of 2012, and I was very satisfied with their services. ... read more

  • Jessie R. AvatarJessie R.

    Our condo association requested evaluation of our building’s masonry structure from EDMAR CORPORATION so we can plan our 2019 budget. We didn’t make our decision... read more

    Brett S. AvatarBrett S.

    5 star rating These guys did a great job on my chimney. Punctual and fast. Would hire them again in a heartbeat!

    Karolina AvatarKarolina

    This company and its owner were a pleasure to work with. We needed some masonry repairs on our single family home in Lincoln Park and... read more

  • Alex F. AvatarAlex F.

    5 star rating Ed along with his crew did a fantastic job on a few of our commercial building. I always recommend Edmar for all thing masonry to.... read more

    Maciek G. AvatarMaciek G.

    Greta People to do Business with ! Quality and fair price for Top Quality.

    Jakub P. AvatarJakub P.

    5 star rating I used Edmar Corporation a few years ago to fix up my home in the north suburbs and was very pleased with their work. I... read more

  • A G. AvatarA G.

    I am a case manager who works with people with disabilities and one of my clients needed her roof repaired due to a big hole... read more

Tuckpointing & Masonry Chicago IL – 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 own property? Don’t hesitate to contact your masonry contractor Chicago, for a FREE, non obligatory evaluation of masonry structures.

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Services Provided by EDMAR Corporation Masonry – Chicago Masonry Contractor

EDMAR Corporation Masonry, one of the best tuckpointing & Chicago masonry contractors. Performing masonry repair Chicago for over 30 years. Our expertise in brickwork and masonry renovation processes has helped to maintain this city’s charm and improved its homes, offices, churches, and stores. Whether your Chicago masonry construction projects are large or small, or if you need brick replacement or masonry parapet walls repair, our dedicated team can help, always sure to do it once, and do it right.

Chicago Building Code Violation Tickets? We specialize in correcting masonry and porch violations!

For over 30 years, EDMAR Corporation – masonry contractor Chicago, has specialized in correcting City of Chicago building violations for commercial, residential, and industrial properties.

EDMAR Corporation is a full service Chicago masonry contractor that solves masonry building violations and porch violations from start to finish. Our team of licensed professionals pull the necessary permits, produce drawings and calculations, complete necessary repairs, to ensure that everything complies with the City of Chicago building code.

Our experience and astounding reputation (check our Yelp reviews & Google reviews) speak volumes about our Chicago masonry services. As fully licensed, bonded, and insured masonry contractors in Chicago, we can assure you that any repairs performed on your property will be completed in a thorough, safe, and efficient manner.

Chicago Building Code Violation Tickets? We specialize in correcting masonry and porch violations!

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For over 30 years, EDMAR Corporation – masonry contractor Chicago, has specialized in correcting City of Chicago building violations for commercial, residential, and industrial properties.

EDMAR Corporation is a full service Chicago masonry contractor that solves masonry building violations and porch violations from start to finish. Our team of licensed professionals pull the necessary permits, produce drawings and calculations, complete necessary repairs, to ensure that everything complies with the City of Chicago building code.

Our experience and astounding reputation (check our Yelp reviews & Google reviews) speak volumes about our Chicago masonry services. As fully licensed, bonded, and insured masonry contractors in Chicago, you can rest assured that any repairs performed on your property 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.

What is Tuckpointing, Re-pointing, and Pointing?

  • What is Tuckpointing?

Chicago 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?

Chicago 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.

Tuckpointing and Repointing

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.

Tuckpointing and Repointing

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?

Chicago 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?

Chicago 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.

Tuckpointing and Repointing

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.

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What is Tuckpointing, Re-pointing, and Pointing?

  • What is Tuckpointing?

Chicago 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?

Chicago 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.

Brick Wall / Parapet Wall Repair – Restoration – Rebuilding

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. All you need to do is call you local masonry contractor Chicago.

  • What is a Chicago 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 Chicago masonry companies on regular basis. Taking our Windy City climate into consideration, the ideal time to call masonry contractor Chicago, and ask for masonry parapet wall evaluation would be twice a year: in the fall and in the spring.

  • 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 | Efflorescense | Loose, cracked, chipped coping units | Cracks in seams between coping units | Cracks / gaps in roof flashing | Parapet wall buckling

Brick Wall / Parapet Wall Repair – Restoration – Rebuilding

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. All you need to do is call you local masonry contractor Chicago.

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  • What is a Chicago 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 to call masonry contractor Chicago, and ask for masonry parapet wall evaluation would be twice a year: in the fall and in the spring.

  • 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 | Efflorescense | 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 signs listed above shouldn’t be ignored and corrected as early as possible.

How to Replace a Steel Lintel Like a Pro…

Because no two buildings are the same, sometimes we may need to follow slightly different path to achieve the same result.

 

  1. Cut into the mortar between the bricks above the compromised lintel.
  2. Structure above the compromised lintels (on larger openings) may need to be supported.
  3. After cutting mortar between the bricks, safely remove them, clean and reset in place, replace damaged ones if necessary.
  4. Remove old, damaged lintel, or cut out and weld new I-Beam’s bottom plate.
  5. Install new steel lintel sealed with corrosion resistant paint.
  6. Install stainless steel drip edge on top of the new lintel (over NP1 caulking).
  7. Install self-adhering rubber flashing.
  8. Secure flashing with termination bar and seal top edge of the termination bar with mastic caulking.
  9. Install weep system between the bricks / along the new lintel to help drain any water from the inner wall.
  10. Reinstall previously cleaned brick and tuck-point with mortar matching existing in color and shape.

I-Beam & Lintel Replacement

Steel lintel replacement in Chicago is a vital necessity. When these load bearing components 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 if still possible, 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. To find out what might be involved in correcting this potential problem, call your local masonry contractor Chicago.

I-Beam & Lintel Replacement

Steel lintel replacement in Chicago is a vital necessity. When these load bearing componnents 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 if still possible, 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. To find out what might be involved in correcting this potential problem, call your local masonry contractor Chicago.

How to Replace a Steel Lintel Like a Pro…

Because no two buildings are the same, sometimes we may need to follow slightly different path to achieve the same result.

  1. Cut into the mortar between the bricks above the compromised lintel.
  2. Structure above the compromised lintels (on larger openings) may need to be supported.
  3. After cutting mortar between the bricks, safely remove them, clean and reset in place, replace damaged ones if necessary.
  4. Remove old, damaged lintel, or cut out and weld new I-Beam’s bottom plate.
  5. Install new steel lintel sealed with corrosion resistant paint.
  6. Install stainless steel drip edge on top of the new lintel (over NP1 caulking).
  7. Install self-adhering rubber flashing.
  8. Secure flashing with termination bar and seal top edge of the termination bar with mastic caulking.
  9. Install weep system between the bricks / along the new lintel to help drain any water from the inner wall.
  10. Reinstall previously cleaned brick and tuck-point with mortar matching existing in color and shape.

I-Beam & Lintel Replacement

Steel lintel replacement in Chicago is a vital necessity. When these load bearing componnents 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 if still possible, 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. To find out what might be involved in correcting this potential problem, call your local masonry contractor Chicago.

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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.

  1. We will cut into the mortar between the bricks above the compromised lintel.
  2. Bricks above the compromised lintels (on larger openings) may need to be supported to prevent possibility of wall failure.
  3. After cutting mortar between the bricks they will be safely removed (the same bricks will be reset in place after cleaning unless damaged, in which case they will be replaced). We will only remove number of bricks that is necessary for lintel replacement and new flashing installation.
  4. Old, damaged lintel will be removed entirely or I-Beam’s flange will be cut out and replaced with a new one.
  5. New steel lintel sealed with corrosion resistant paint will be set above the opening.
  6. Stainless steel drip edge will be installed on top of the new lintel (over NP1 caulking).
  7. Self-adhering rubber flashing will be installed next…
  8. Secured with termination bar along its top edge. Mastic caulking will be applied along top edge of the termination bar.
  9. Weep ropes will be placed in between the bricks / along the new lintel to help drain any water away from the inner wall.
  10. The same bricks will be reinstalled and tuck-pointed with mortar matching existing in color and shape as close as possible.

Brick Chimney Repair

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.

To find out if you need brick chimney repair, you can perform basic chimney evaluation on your own, but, DON’T EVER lean a ladder against your chimney section extending above the roof!

Observe and evaluate chimney’s condition from the ground, by using binoculars, alternatively call a professional Chicago chimney repair specialist from one of the masonry companies Chicago. Any of the CMU or brick chimney problems described below should be serviced as soon as possible.

  • The most common masonry chimney problem you’ll be able to notice from the ground is crumbling / missing mortar between the bricks or cinder block units. This can also be a sign of even more significant deterioration inside the stack.
  • Spalling is another problem that can be easily spotted on a brick chimney surface. If you notice cracks and peeling sections of bricks, it means that they retain moisture and chimney condition requires further investigation by a professional.
  • Masonry chimney crown is what seals the top of a chimney and prevents rain water from running inside of it. Usually it’s a slab of concrete, sandstone block, or sometimes just a mortar sealed layer of bricks. It might be difficult to determine its condition from the ground level but, if you notice any displacement or cracks along the edges, have it further evaluated.
  • Masonry chimney flashing may not be always visible from the ground level. If you can get a glimpse of it, maybe using a pair of binoculars, look for separation from chimney walls and deformation.
  • One last thing that you should be able to determine while standing on the ground is if your chimney is straight or leaning in any direction. Any deviation from perfectly vertical line could be a sign of critical and dangerous condition requiring immediate servicing.

Brick Chimney Repair

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.

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You can perform basic chimney evaluation on your own, but, DON’T EVER lean a ladder against your chimney section extending above the roof!

Observe and evaluate chimney’s condition from the ground, by using binoculars, or call a professional Chicago chimney repair specialist. Any of the CMU or brick chimney problems described below should be serviced as soon as possible.

  • The most common masonry chimney problem you’ll be able to notice from the ground is crumbling / missing mortar between the bricks or cinder block units. This can also be a sign of even more significant deterioration inside the chimney walls.
  • Spalling is another problem that can be easily spotted on a brick chimney surface. If you notice cracks and peeling sections of bricks, it means that they retain moisture and chimney condition requires further investigation by a masonry contractor or qualified chimney expert.
  • Masonry chimney crown is what seals the top of a chimney and prevents rain water from running inside of it. Usually it’s a slab of concrete, sandstone block, or sometimes just a mortar sealed layer of bricks. It might be difficult to determine its condition from the ground level but, if you notice any displacement or cracks along the edges, have it further evaluated by a professional.
  • Masonry chimney flashing may not be always visible from the ground level. If you can get a glimpse of it, maybe using a pair of binoculars, look for separation from chimney walls and deformation.
  • One last thing that you should be able to determine while standing on the ground is if your chimney is straight or leaning in any direction. Any deviation from perfectly vertical line could be a sign of critical and dangerous condition requiring immediate servicing.

Masonry Waterproofing

Waterproofing of your property’s masonry surfaces is a very efficient way to minimize moisture and water penetration. Why only “minimize” and not “fully prevent” water penetration? Masonry structures, like vertical walls for example, may have multiple penetrations, such as doors, windows, vents, etc.

Every one of those masonry wall penetrations must have correctly installed flashing, and, in most circumstances, all the joints between the masonry and any other materials penetrating masonry sealed with exterior rated caulking. Without it, no matter how well you seal the CMU blocks, bricks, stone, or any other masonry materials, the rain water may still penetrate along the seams or through a poorly installed or because of a missing flashing material.

Every building is different and there might be several variables that need to be taken into consideration when deciding on masonry waterproofing – that’s what we do. We examine the masonry structure, and prescribe the most optimal sequence of masonry waterproofing procedures. Sometimes the basic will work, so spot-pointing / tuckpointing/or repointing, caulking and spraying of the sealer. On other occasions, wall penetrations will require installation of flashing as well.

Masonry Waterproofing

If you need to have your house or masonry building waterproofed, whether it is made from brick, CMU blocks, or stone, we have decades of expertise behind our belts and hundreds of successfully completed projects.

Masonry Waterproofing

If you need to have your house or masonry building waterproofed, whether it is made from brick, CMU blocks, or stone, we have decades of expertise behind our belts and hundreds of successfully completed projects.

Masonry Waterproofing

Waterproofing of your property’s masonry surfaces is a very efficient way to minimize moisture and water penetration. Why only “minimize” and not “fully prevent” water penetration? Masonry structures, like vertical walls for example, may have multiple penetrations, such as doors, windows, vents, etc.
Every one of those masonry wall penetrations must have correctly installed flashing, and, in most circumstances, all the joints between the masonry and any other materials penetrating masonry, sealed with exterior rated caulking. Without it, no matter how well you seal the CMU blocks, bricks, stone, or any other masonry materials, the rain water may still penetrate along the seams or through a poorly installed or because of a missing flashing material.
Every building is different and there might be several variables that need to be taken into consideration when deciding on masonry waterproofing – that’s what we do. We examine the masonry structure, and prescribe the most optimal sequence of waterproofing procedures. Sometimes the basic will work, so spot-pointing / tuckpointing / or repointing, caulking and spraying of the sealer. On other occasions, wall penetrations will require installation of flashing as well.

Masonry Waterproofing

If you need to have your house or masonry building waterproofed, whether it is made from brick, CMU blocks, or stone, we have decades of expertise behind our belts and hundreds of successfully completed projects.

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Masonry Waterproofing

Waterproofing of your property’s masonry surfaces is a very efficient way to minimize moisture and water penetration. Why only “minimize” and not “fully prevent” water penetration? Masonry structures, like vertical walls for example, may have multiple penetrations, such as doors, windows, vents, etc.
Every one of those masonry wall penetrations must have correctly installed flashing, and, in most circumstances, all the joints between the masonry and any other materials penetrating masonry, sealed with exterior rated caulking. Without it, no matter how well you seal the CMU blocks, bricks, stone, or any other masonry materials, the rain water may still penetrate along the seams or through a poorly installed or because of a missing flashing material.
Every building is different and there might be several variables that need to be taken into consideration when deciding on masonry waterproofing – that’s what we do. We examine the masonry structure, and prescribe the most optimal sequence of waterproofing procedures. Sometimes the basic will work, so spot-pointing / tuckpointing / or repointing, caulking and spraying of the sealer. On other occasions, wall penetrations will require installation of flashing as well.

Chicago Concrete Installation

Chicago concrete installations take up a significant portion of our daily routines. We specialize in replacing / installing new concrete stairs, and flatwork, such as concrete sidewalks, concrete driveways, patios, garage slabs, and aprons. New concrete installations have to follow certain sequence of processes mandatory for the concrete to perform properly..

Depending on circumstances, this first stage of new concrete installation / replacement might require earth moving equipment, in order to remove greenery and existing surfaces, create space that will accommodate sub-base. The granular sub-base is compacted to form sufficient support for the new concrete.

The concrete forms are set along the perimeter, held with wooden or metal stakes in place.

Once the area has been outlined with the forms, it’s time to pour ready mix, distribute it evenly and level it to create positives drainage / direct water away from the property.

Most of the concrete cracks, some sooner, some later, sometimes just a hairline crack here and there, which usually has not structure significance. To minimize, and sometimes completely eliminate possibility of concrete surface cracking caused by restrained shrinkage, loads and other stresses, contraction / construction / isolation joints are created.  

Finishing concrete installation process involves creating uniform edges, and screeding the concrete surface to ensure proper grade and smoothness. Once this is done, the concrete is left alone for curing which takes 28 days, where the first week is the most critical.

Technically you can walk on a concrete after 24 hours, but, be gentle, don’t drag or twist your feet, keep dogs from walking on it as well since they can scuff the surface. If you can, stretch that initial time frame as much as possible. Also, avoid using any ice melting products for at least one year after the new concrete installation. Some of those chemicals are described as safe for new concrete installations, but we recommend using sand or kat litter for traction instead.

New Concrete Installation

Chicago concrete installations take up a significant portion of our daily routines. We specialize in replacing / installing new concrete stairs, and flatwork, such as concrete sidewalks, concrete driveways, patios, garage slabs, and aprons. New concrete installations have to follow certain sequence of processes mandatory for the concrete to perform properly.

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Depending on circumstances, this first stage might require earth moving equipment, in order to remove greenery and existing surfaces, create space that will accommodate sub-base. The granular sub-base is compacted to form sufficient support for the new concrete.

The concrete forms are set along the perimeter, held with wooden or metal stakes in place.

Once the area has been outlined with the forms, it’s time to pour ready mix, distribute it evenly and level it to create positives drainage / direct water away from the property.

Most of the concrete cracks, some sooner, some later, sometimes just a hairline crack here and there, which usually has not structure significance. To minimize, and sometimes completely eliminate possibility of concrete surface cracking caused by restrained shrinkage, loads and other stresses, contraction / construction / isolation joints are created.  

Finishing process involves creating uniform edges, and screeding the concrete surface to ensure proper grade and smoothness. Once this is done, the concrete is left alone for curing which takes 28 days, where the first week is the most critical.

Technically you can walk on a concrete after 24 hours, but, be gentle, don’t drag or twist your feet, keep dogs from walking on it as well since they can scuff the surface. If you can, stretch that initial time frame as much as possible. Also, avoid using any ice melting products for at least one year after the new concrete installation. Some of those chemicals are described as safe for new concrete installations, but we recommend using sand or kat litter for traction instead.

Concrete Stairs

Concrete Driveways & Garage Slabs

Concrete Patios & Sidewalks