How Much Does a Chimney Repair Cost?
A chimney is a structure that extends from the roof of a home or building that allows the smoke from the fire in the fireplace to exit the home. This protects those inside the home from breathing in the smoke, and it protects the home itself from smoke damage. However, whether we like it or not, the chimney will break down at some point. Most homeowners fail to think ahead when it comes to the maintenance and smaller repairs of a chimney. As a result, the chimneys go for a long time without any maintenance. What homeowners do not understand is that ignoring a chimney can cost them big time in the future. The chimney may need extensive repairs or, in the worst case scenario, may even need to be replaced.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of chimney repair will really depend on the type of repair required. For instance, a cracked chimney usually costs around $1,000 to repair since it will have to be rebuilt. The issue becomes worse if the cracks are left untreated. In that case, the price will skyrocket to more than$3,000. This does not have to be the case at all. The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth pounds of cure” is true when it comes to chimneys.
- A simple cap replacement can cost $200 to $500. Reflashing the chimney can be with the same range.
- There is no hard and fast answer when it comes to chimney repairs. This cost can progressively increase if the right preventative measures are not taken. The preventative measures are much cheaper than the repair itself. To reduce exorbitant costs, a homeowner can do various things. For instance, sealing the bricks and adding a chimney cap are effective strategies. Covering the crown can also add to the life of the chimney. However, if the chimney is already cracked or left untreated, most chimney repair bills will be between the $300 to $2,000 range.
- Users on the forum, Gardenweb.com, claimed that they had prices that ranged anywhere from $500 to more than $3,000 to fix their chimney. Common repairs included tuckpointing, inserting a new liner, and replacing the cap.
- Atekmasonry.com states that the average chimney repair is going to be between $300 to $1,000.
What is going to be included?
- Common repair jobs can include rebuilding and replacing bricks or stones, replacing a cap, replacing a liner, replacing mortar, and/or reflashing.
- Obstacles and higher roofs can add to the cost, sometimes even doubling the cost.
- Depending on the type of job, various materials will be required. These materials include a breathable crown sealer ($60), a chimney water repellent ($35), a chimney cap which is stainless steel ($125), a garden pump sprayer ($35) among others. The price is inclusive of all the materials required for the job. Once all the materials are in place, most jobs can be completed in just a matter of a few hours.
- The contractor you hire will first come to your home and inspect the chimney. He will then give you a break down of what needs to be one and the price of each thing. He will then wait for you to accept his offer to begin the job. Make sure that you get more than one quote!
What are the extra costs?
- Before setting out to repair a chimney, the homeowner needs to have various tools if they plan on doing the job themselves. Having these tools up front will play a significant role in saving time and frustration. The tools include a caulk gun, extension ladder, putty knife, roof harness, paintbrush and others. These tools can be found at many local workshops. Once these tools are available, the work will be completed in a matter of seconds leaving the homeowner extremely satisfied.
- Purchasing the bricks to replace those that have been damaged can cost anywhere from $1 to $3 per brick. Special orders to match the exact brick can cost more.
- Depending on the extent oft he damage and the city in which you live, you may need to pull a building permit before the repair is performed.
Tips to know
- Contractors in the chimney industry are known to perform a lot of scams. Always make sure that you get qualified quotes from reputable individuals before signing a purchase agreement. If you do not know where to turn when it comes to quotes, consider getting multiple quotes from services such as HomeAdvisor.com.
- Always check for references before hiring.
- If a company offers a low-cost initial cleaning, it is best to turn it down. Most of the time, they will come in and try to find as much work as possible, charging you thousands of dollars.
- Always make sure that the company is licensed.
How can I save money?
- Always make sure that you have at least three professionals check out your situation. Listen to what each of them has to say and get the price in writing.
- The best way to save money is to properly maintain the chimney. Once a year, after the winter season, get up and the roof and inspect the chimney as best you can.
- If you do not use your fireplace very often, consider closing it altogether. The repairs on the chimney will no longer be necessary and you will not have to worry about it in the future.
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