Chimney Repair work is very common as most homes in North America have a chimney. Most chimneys are still built using some type of masonry; brick, stone or stucco being the most common types of chimneys.
Some companies only specialize in exterior chimney repairs, while others focus on the interior firebox, cleaning and lining the chimney. New chimneys are lined with traditional clay tile flues whereas existing chimneys are relined with metal flues. It’s the owner’s choice when deciding to select which chimney repair company to hire. Typically companies that “do it all” lack expertise on the exterior of the chimney masonry repairs. The reason is simple. “Do it All” chimney companies, in order to stay competitive, cannot pay the higher wages and benefits necessary to attract the highly skilled masonry restoration specialists in their respective markets. Thus, they have to rely on a less skilled “handyman” to do all the work.
The quality and longevity of masonry and chimney repairs can vary greatly. Even a lay person will immediately notice a difference between a chimney completed by a “Do it All” employee and one done by an expert.