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Question DetailsAsked on 9/26/2016

how much does it cost to rebuild a chimney

cracked missing bricks and mortar at least half of chimney above roof line

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Go to the Home > Chimney Repair link in Browse Projects (at lower left) and you will find a number of prior similar questions and answers, with ballpark costs in many cases. NMote you will hit responses about Repointing (replacing just the surficial 1/4-1/2" of mortar), Tuck Pointing (which gouges or cuts deep into the mortar and replkaces it basically full joint depth but does not involve removing the brick, and Reconstruction - dismantling the chimney (to about roofline in your case) and rebuilding it. Reconstruction can also take two forms - total reconstruction (including the interior or structural bricks and the lining), and just the facing bricks, which are usually what are most damaged.

Sounds like you need at least partial reconstruction, though small numbers of cracked and missing bricks can be replaced without tearing down the chimney.

Another thing to consider when starting to get bids from Masonry contractors (your Search the List category for this) is I would STRONGLY recommend that if the work is going to the roofline or if your roof/chimney interface flashing is old, include all new chimney flashing in the scope of work, to eliminate that future source of leakage. Masons tend to do a LOT better job of this than roofers - also, the primary step flashing needs to be integrated into the brick joints, so a lot easierand cheaper to do that during the reconstruction than having a roofer have to cut into the joints to install it during the next reroof.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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