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What Are the Best Chimney Crown Repair Products?

Chances are, most homeowners might not even notice the crown of their chimney. 

Unless they get on their roof to clean the gutters, put up Christmas lights or perform an annual roof inspection (which isn’t likely) the health of a homeowner’s chimney usually goes unnoticed – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 

However, there are instances where it is very obvious that a chimney is in need of some TLC, and that is when homeowners start calling. 

What they usually see – a damaged chimney crown that is in need of some repair. 

So when this happens, contractors have to decide on what is the best chimney crown repair product to use. Well, this article should help.

Chimney Crown Repair 101. 

The crown of a chimney acts like an umbrella or roof for the chimney structure and system. Not to be confused with a chimney cap, the chimney crown is the cement “Top” of a chimney. 

The role of the chimney crown is to prevent moisture from entering a chimney. A crown is comprised of cement or concrete and when properly designed, installed, and maintained chimney crown facilitates water run-off from the top of the chimney down the sides, thus preventing standing water and potential damage from freeze/thaw cycles.

However, there are times when the crown of a chimney needs repair.

Common repair causes include:

  • Cracks in the chimney crown
  • Missing pieces or chunks of concrete
  • Structural integrity is compromised

Some repairs can be simple, such as sealing a crack and resealing the entire crown. Others can be more extensive and require a multitude of things to correct the issue. 

In this case, it’s important to choose and use products that can get the job done and prevent any further issues!

[Check out these photos of damaged chimney crowns]

Chimney Crown Repair Products

CrownGuard is your chimney’s first line of defense (literally). 

When the crown of a chimney is in need of repair, CrownGuardHP is one of the top-performing products for both repair and preventative care. Fire Safe Inc’s CrownGuard product helps with all the common issues chimney crowns expierence pertaining to weather.

Highlights of CrownGuard HP:

  • Using a proprietary blend of compounds formulated for permanent adhesion to masonry surfaces, CrownGuard HP is designed specifically to adhere to a chimney crown.
  • The superior bonding properties of the CrownGuard HP product cause the materials to form permanent membranes over the entire surface of the crown, effectively sealing any and all fractures.
  • CrownGuard HP’s rubber-like properties provide a flexible, 100% waterproof seal. This is vital for the hot summer sun and the freeze/thaw cycles that occur in the winter!
More CrownGuard Specs: 
  • CrownGuard HP is the 1st choice of chimney professionals nationwide.
  • Permanent, waterproof membrane.
  • Maintains flexible properties – will not crack.
  • Applies in extreme temperatures (-40 F to +140 F).
  • Service temperature range (-40 F to +250 F).
  • Resists water immediately.
  • Superior ultraviolet resistance.
  • Economical & Simple to reseal
  • Crystal clear & Mildew resistant

Whether the crown of a chimney has cracks that need to be filled with bonding agents or the crown needs resurfacing, using CrownGuard HP to seal the crown will result in a long-lasting chimney crown!

“The best chimney crown repair product out there!”

Examples of CrownGuard Repair:

In the photos below, two chimney crowns have cracks (left) and structural damage (right):

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Damaged Chimney Crowns

As you can see in the photos above, over time cracks and structural damage to chimney’s crown can lead to bigger issues. The photos below show the crown of a repaired chimney using CrownGuard HP, helping prevent any further damage. 

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After Chimney CrownGuard HP Product Applied!

A key element to always consider when choosing the best crown repair product is the ability to be flexible and withstand a multitude of weather. 

Are you a homeowner and want to know how much a chimney crown repair costs?

There are numerous factors that play into the cost of repairing a chimney crown. An analogy we like to use is to think of a car repair. Some repairs are simple, such as fixing a crack or resealing the surface, while others can be complicated and laborsome. It is always best practice to make sure you use high-quality material and get a few quotes when looking into repairing your chimney’s crown!

Final Word on Chimney Crown Repairs & Products

The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” is certainly true when it comes to repairing the crown of a chimney with the right products. Similar to how gutters that are installed incorrectly don’t perform – the same can be said for your chimney crown!

An inexperienced contractor who just uses a common mortar mix to fix a damaged chimney crown is simply putting a bandaid on the problem, and it is only a matter of time before the same issues occur again. 

Weather such as rain, snow, freeze and thaw cycles make the crown of a chimney vital to the overall health of a masonry chimney. However, a small crack can lead to an even bigger issue because of the aforementioned weather. 

When moisture enters the chamber of a chimney, the issues go far beyond just a chimney crown crack. 

In order to prevent any chimney issues, it’s best to check the crown health at least every other year and keep an eye out for cracks. Preventative measures are always the best bet – just like getting a check-up at the doctors. 


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8 Christmas Mantel Decorations for Your Fireplace This Year!

Just like that, Thanksgiving is over and now it is almost here… Christmas Time! 

Each year Americans across the country gear up for the largest spending and decorating spree. This includes heading to the garage and unloading numerous containers that house Christmas decorations. 

However, maybe this year you’re looking to change things up. And there is no better way than to consider upgrading your fireplace mantel! 

We decided to scour the internet to find the top eight Christmas mantel decoration ideas for you to consider this year! From modern to simple, elegant to rustic, here are eight of our favorite Christmas mantel decoration themes! 

8 Christmas Mantel Decoration Ideas for 2019!

Thanks to social media, especially the likes of Pinterest, a simple strip of garland and a few stockings on a mantel doesn’t cut it anymore. 

Families are decorating their fireplace mantels with just about every kind of material! Here are eight fireplace mantels that have been decorated for Christmas for you to consider using in your home.

Enjoy!

1. Rustic, Yet Modern Christmas Mantel

Photo Credit & Source: Christmas 365

Don’t let this Christmas mantel fool you – though elegant in appearance, it is actually quite simple to replicate this in your home too! 

Simply stop by a local home store and look for wood-based Christmas decorations and plaid Christmas stockings. Use a combination of yellow lights and birdhouses to create your own “Rustic” Christmas mantel. 

While this can go for just about any type of fireplace, if you happen to have dark hardwoods in front of your fireplace this is a really good look to consider. 

Be sure to keep in mind that you don’t need every single decoration from the photo above. A few strips of garland, a wooden sign that says Merry Christmas (You can even make one) and a few rustic looking nutcrackers can do the trick! 

2. Updated Traditional

Photo Credit & Source: Hue+Wit

Love traditional holiday colors?  

This is the perfect mantle for incorporating just that… where the classic wreath and garland come in to play.  Of course, choose pieces that you love to add to the presentation.  

Like vintage nutcracker bowls, because who doesn’t love a nostalgic nutcracker?  Don’t forget the red Christmas stockings!

Consider these:

  • Try stockings that have whimsical letters to add that updated traditional look.  
  • Place garland on top of the mantel and look for white hue lights or basic white lights to add to the garland.
  •  Red ribbon and gold really make the holiday colors pop.  This will make your need for a traditional Christmas look even more modern.  
  • To finish this look, place faux designer presents around the mantel and on the sides.  

Your dream of traditional red and green will come to life! 

Side note: Be sure to exercise fireplace safety when you decorate your mantel!

3. Berry Christmas!

Photo Credit & Source: ELLE DECOR

Here is an idea that is simple and fruity. 

This is an especially great idea if you are tired of using the traditional garland but still want something bright and festive.

Berry branches are a go-to for bringing out the Christmas look! Looking to really spice it up?

Add candles to your mantel and Christmas stockings.  By the way, this could be the most simple Christmas mantel decoration idea!

4. White and Gold

Photo Credit & Source: the spruce

This mantle design is both modern and chic. 

White and gold come together in harmony on this mantel.  The ceramic trees and snowflake garland add a sophisticated feel.  Furthermore, the clean look of white and gold provide a non-traditional ambiance. 

The candles and the mirror are year-round accents… this means you don’t have to clean up as much after the holiday season is over!

5. Old Fashion Festive 

Photo Source: thesweetestoccasion

This mantel gives you all the feels and smells of old fashion smells.  Scents like pine and chestnut associate themselves with golden painted nutcrackers.  Consider these:

  • Homemade or store-bought wreaths 
  • Add red berries to give a pop of color
  • Miniature Christmas trees 

Craft the wreaths and mini trees the way you see fit.  Whatever you do, you will be sure to love the old-timey feel of this Christmas mantel. 

We’re talking about creating a gorgeous holiday mantel, one filled with the smells and sights of Christmas – lined with golden nutcrackers and accented with chestnuts and pine cones!

6. Handmade Decorations

Photo Source: Sustainmycrafthabit

Ornaments don’t deck out this mantel decor idea.  Many of the items in this project are acquired for a cheap price. 

Save money by using wine corks to use for the star. Get a frame and put homemade crafts in the center.  Go to your local dollar store nearby and find some cheap supplies to decorate your mantel!

Things to consider to create your own Christmas mantel decorations include:

  1. Paper towel rolls (Simply cut and bend)
  2. Wine corks
  3. Old bottles
  4. Paint supplies
  5. Burlap
  6. Wreath material

7. Chalkboard Mantel 

Photo Source: findinghomefarms

This is simplicity at its best.  

The chalkboard theme Christmas mantel is all the rave this holiday season.  You can simply place mistletoes around the mantel with elegant candles and chic reindeer. 

Silver ornaments make this simple look even more elegant without the fuss. And the coolest thing about the chalkboard mantel? 

It’s customizable! 

You can write anything you want on the chalkboard – from perfect holiday greetings to the days until Christmas countdowns – this modern mantel decoration is sure to be a hit! 

8. Colorful Mantel

Photo Source: Pocketful of Paint

Looking for something kid-friendly?  Or just simply in a colorful mood this holiday?  

This is the perfect mantel decoration!  This uses non-traditional colors to create the same holiday effect.  

The miniature gingerbread houses really set this look off, giving it a warm Christmas village feel and let’s be honest, it’s fun to look at. Stockings that are modern (not just red and white) can be found at just about any store including Target or Home Goods! 

Final Words:

At the end of the day, whether you decide to decorate your fireplace mantel or not, be sure to take season and enjoy time with loved ones, family and friends.

Use the break to reset and recharge yourself for the New Year and be sure to set some great goals!

When it comes to your fireplace and your home, be sure to use safe mesaures if you happen to be using a traditional wood fireplace when you decorate your mantel!

~From the team here at Firesafe Industries, we want to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The 9 Most Common Home Services

Want to know what the top home services are that most homeowners are looking for each year?

Whether it is the lawn needing a fresh cut, the gutters in need of a solid cleaning, or the annual chimney sweep before winter – homeowners have a lot on their plate when it comes to home maintenance.

The time, energy, and knowledge involved when it comes to maintaining a home can be burdensome for homeowners. However, if you’re in the service industry, what does that mean for you?

Well, it means an opportunity for your small business! Here is what we mean.

9 Most Common Home Services

Below you will find a list (Not in order) of some of the most common home services homeowners look for on an annual basis!

Whether you already do some of these or if you happen to be in the process of adding a service to your repertoire, this list is for you!

1. Plumbing Services

plumbing home service

Ready for the most common home service call?

If you hadn’t caught on already, plumbing is typically the most commonly used home service when it comes to homeowners needing some help!

Whether it is a leaky faucet or clogged garbage disposal when the water drips – homeowners call like crazy! The following are some of the most common homeowner plumbing problems:

  • Garbage disposal issues
  • Leaky faucet
  • Running toilet
  • Clogged drains
  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaky pipes

On another note, if you’re a plumber, be sure to let your clients know to never put these types of things down their garbage disposal!

2. Gutter Cleaning

Who knew that those leaves piling up each fall around houses would also pile up in a homeowner’s gutter?

Each year leaves and fall foliage is found just about anywhere – from the entryway of a home to the downspout of a gutter. And when the leaves start to fall, leaves and other debris make their way into gutters. Which is when drainage issues can arise!

Homeowners who understand the importance of clean gutters are always quick to grab a ladder or call a service provider for their gutters each fall!

3. Paint & Drywall Repairs

Nail pops, cracks, water damage, or the ugly yellow bathroom in a home – you name it – painting and drywall services are something homeowners constantly are in need of.

While some homeowners might try and attempt to patch and repair drywall on their own like this guy…

Typically, most quickly realize patching and mudding drywall is not as easy as the camera makes it seem like! The same can be said when a homeowner decides to paint their kitchen.

It’s only a matter of hours before they are wishing they called someone!

4. Cleaning

The last thing anyone wants to do on a Friday after a long work week is clean, which is why you see the growth of the home cleaning service companies around the nation.

With more and more families spending time at work, children’s activities, and so on – the busy schedules have led to more homeowners who are in need of cleaning.

Typically, most homeowners are looking for someone who can clean the interior of their home on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. However, many companies offer as-needed cleaning services too!

5. Landscaping

Just like cleaning or painting, it’s only a matter of time before filling up a Saturday with yard work becomes a bit tedious.

Numerous landscape companies scatter just about every major city area offering landsacpe services ranging from weekly mowing all the way to full landscape architecture projects.

As a home service industry provider – landscaping is a niche that always keeps growing… literally! Landsacpe companies provide a multitude of services including:

  1. Lawncare
  2. Shrub & tree trimming
  3. Mulching
  4. Hardscapes
  5. Ornamental landscaping

6. Chimney Sweeps

A typical chimney sweep will cost a homeowner somewhere in the neighborhood of $125 according to an Angie’s List article, but it’s worth the cost.

Chimney sweeps are vital to having a safe chimney before burning logs or even using a gas fireplace. As the NFPA puts it;

Unclean chimneys are a leading cause of structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, which recommends an annual chimney inspection.

National Fire Protection Association

That being said, in addition to having a clean chimney that is safe for the winter, here is another reason a chimney sweep is vital:

A chimney expert can spot structural damage to a chimney that a typical homeowner may miss.

chimney home service

What might seem like an innocent crack to a chimney’s crown or a slight compromise within the liner of a chimney, can actually be a huge deal!

Similar to not wanting the gutters to get backed up which can lead to significant water damage to a home, a compromised chimney may be in need of repair or restoration in a hurry.

Chimneys are an item homeowners don’t want to wait around getting repaired or refinished, depending on the chimney’s need.

7. Siding Repairs

A single piece of siding is a pain to replace?

Why? Well, that is because siding is installed piece by piece in an interlocking fashion. This is typically why homeowners don’t expierence just one piece missing – they expierence quite a few!

Siding repairs are no easy feat for a homeowner and they typically need to be done by a professional siding installation company! Homeowners know the importance of their siding, which is why it is commonly called for item!

8. Cracked Concrete

Perhaps you have seen some cracked concrete in a driveway, on a sidewalk or worse… on the foundation of a home.

No matter what the reason is for the cracking concrete, there is only one thing that is certain – the crack will get bigger in most cases.

Depending on the location of the crack, cracked concrete can be caused by a variety of things and can need urgent repair or not, it all just depends. However, repairing concrete cracks is not something most homeowners are privy too, so they typically call on this one!

Note: If in the event the cracked concrete is within a chimney, Fireguard is one of the top bets for helping with the crack!

Learn About all of Firesafe Inc’s Chimney Prodcuts

9. Roofing Repairs

Similar to one piece of missing siding turning into twenty, a missing shingle can lead to many missing shingles in just a few wind storms.

While most new roofs have factory and install warranties, depending on the type of shingle or the age of a roof, roof repairs are common service calls homeowners make.

It’s typically clear when a shingle or two goes missing by the exposed plywood. However, there are instances where homeowners won’t always see missing shingles.

If you’re an exterior home service provider – be sure to encourage homeowners to check their roofs after the winter and each fall with binoculars!

Final Words:

At the end of the day…

At the end of the day, home services are one of the most common small (And big) businesses found in the United States.

Just look around when driving and you will see pest control vans, trucks, painting companies – you name it – offering a wide variety of home services.

So if you’re in the home service industry or even the commercial construction industry, this article hopefully shed some light on the top called about home service requests!

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