Restoring Chimneys
in Warwickshire

When restoring a house, we often adopt the ‘out of sight’ or ‘out of mind’ approach when it comes to our chimneys, but restoring these neglected chimney stacks is money well spent, says Ricki Grenfell, owner of RG Scaffolding-Solihull.

Neglected chimneys can be accident waiting to happen, with the prospect of chunks of heavy masonry dislodged by storms and crashing from the roof

Neglected Chimneys

Neglected chimneys can be accident waiting to happen, with the prospect of chunks of heavy masonry dislodged by storms and crashing from the roof isn’t a risk worth taking. So, it’s usually advisable to get these stacks sorted sooner rather than later.

 

However, the most common issue with chimneys is the eroded pointing. I know what you’re thinking, this may not sound too serious – ah, but in fact it is! Neglecting them will hasten the onset of more serious problems, such as instability, water penetration and even disintegration. Although, if caught in time, all that may be required is to fix and prevent further deterioration.

the most common issue with chimneys is the eroded pointing

Important points to consider first:

Firstly, temporarily seal up fireplaces to prevent clouds of soot and debris rattling down the flues, creating mess inside.

Secondly, a lot of stacks are perched on party walls with the other half belonging to the neighbour. So, it’s worth persuading the co-owner(s) to jointly contribute to the works. Sorting the whole thing in one go makes sense both structurally and aesthetically — not to mention economically. Where it’s just your side of the stack that’s being worked on, make sure the builder and scaffolders steer clear of next-door’s roof and pre-empt any risk of damage.

Chimneys are sometimes used to support TV aerials, and these may need to be taken down and later reinstalled. However, the art of optimising TV reception is one that’s probably best left to aerial specialists — which can add to costs.

It’s also not unknown for some tiles or slates to get broken during the repair process. For the roofer to return after the scaffolding has gone and replace a few broken tiles or slates will cost in the region of £100–200 — so, it’s worth making a point of checking the condition of the roof while access is still possible. As a precaution, sourcing some matching replacement tiles in advance is a good idea.

Using Scaffolding

However, using scaffolding will inevitably be a major cost for work to stacks as well, and may need to be laid directly on or across the roof, resting on a wooden platform gantry. The cost of scaffolding and access to the equipment can be discussed with our team here in Warwickshire.

Overall cost of scaffolding

The price of work to stacks will vary depending on their position on the roof, too. Those located lower down at the eaves level will require less scaffolding than those at ridge height.

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