Why You Should Not Paint Your Chimney!

May 29th, 2012 by affordablesweep Leave a reply »

Many people think a painted chimney looks beautiful, modern, or sleek, but just like a lovely bronze tan, it looks good on the outside, but the inside is another story.Many people hire a remodeler, handy man, or builder to paint their chimney, or apply a thick coating of tar or sealer to the chimney.  Although it may seem like a great idea, in reality it can ruin your chimney.Why?

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The answer is simple.  Your chimney is a different temperature inside than it is on the outside, and because of this, moisture can build up within your chimney.  Gas appliances can also release high amounts of moisture into your old masonry chimney.  This exhaust condenses in improperly sizes flues.

This moisture must be allowed to evaporate, or leave, the inside of the chimney or it will destroy it.  In other words, the chimney must be allowed to breathe.  If it is sealed with tar, sealer, or paint, the mortar and brick inside your chimney will deteriorate very quickly.  Moisture can wick into the brickwork and stay there, destroying the mortar from the inside out.

The good news is, if this problem is identified early enough, I can rectify it, allowing your chimney to work properly for many years.

I have seen this happen many times.  Quite often I receive a call after a client has made several (failed) attempts to patch or repair their chimney with tar or sealant.  My clients who have chimneys that have been painted for many years are some of the worst in terms of structural integrity.  Unfortunately, I am unable to offer a simple, economical solution if a chimney has been painted, tarred, or sealed on the outside to cover a severe problem.

What’s the Solution?  Call Chris at Affordable Chimney Service (704)526-6348!

Remember:  your chimney is a safety device that must be capable of containing water, steam, heat, condensation, and possibly fire.  A typical handy man, roofer, or builder does not have the proper education or specialty equipment needed to diagnose your chimney’s underlying problem.

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