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Chimney stacks poking out from rooftops is one of those quintessentially British sights. If yours is falling into disrepair, or if you’d like to give your chimney a new lease of life, find a specialist tradesperson to sweep away your fireplace frets.

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We have 45 years experience between us in the construction industry and 25 years experience in all types of roofing including rubber, fibreglass, slate and tiled roofing. Chimney removals, facias soffits and water goods. & fitting vellux windows. We also have 25 years experience in groundworks., landscaping, operating plant. bricklaying, rendering. we specialise in new builds, extensions, renovations, loft & garage conversions & damproofing. We have a lot of experience in sourcing properties to renovate for resale and rental. We cover all aspects of home improvements.

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Reviewed by Richard on 14/5/2020

Colin and Steve undertook a handful of varying jobs for me, all done with efficiency and no quibble. Will be using them again in the future. If you’re looking for a locally based builder who is more than just a roofer, look no further.

hi, my name is Anthony from aberslate. 20years experience on all work from full re,roof to miner repairs cement point work and harling.  have many years experience of working in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas. We are proud to boast that the business provides a thorough and professional service and are fully committed to total customer satisfaction. The company is covered with Liability Insurance and will guarantee that all of their work will be completed to the highest quality and standard, in compliance with the most up-to-date Building and Health and Safety Regulations.

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Reviewed by Malcolm on 4/4/2020

Excellent job, so pleased to get the pointing done so quickly before we got any serious water damage. Arrived at the said time and maintained the social distancing as required. Great job.

Hi I'm James Mccort bricklayer, I'm 58 years old with experience in all aspects of bricklaying pointing rendering ect

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Reviewed by Steve on 25/5/2020

Great job, reliable and friendly service....will most definitely use again!

Hi I’m Rod Furness. Ex parachute regiment solider turned bricklayer. I cover all aspects of brickwork. I run a honest hardworking business with year’s of experience to meet the needs of your project. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Reviewed by Paul on 22/1/2020

Rod did a nice job repointing some brickwork to the front of our house. Having given his quote Rod was able to agree a final figure and arrange a date – only a few days later – to come and do the work. Although Rod lived some distance away, he arrived on time at 8:00am. Rod was very pleasant and explained to us what he planned to do. He completed the work by mid-afternoon and did a nice tidy job for what we thought was a reasonable price. Thanks Rod

We are a Specialist re-pointing service with over 15 years experience. We are also fully insured and can provide a free no obligation estimate upon request. We also undertake all aspects of external property maintenance Such as replacing wall ties,as your mortar fails due to age water gets to the wall ties which makes them rust and expand which then cracks will appear in the brickwork For advice or a estimate give us a call

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Reviewed by Andrew on 16/5/2020

Andrew came, measured up and sent a quote that same day which was within my budget. Andrew and his team arrived early each day which is always a bonus and cracked on with the job. Each day Andrew and his team cleaned up after themselves and left my property in a very clean state. Once the job was done he said he would be backing in 2 weeks time to clip some TV cable in. True to his word, he turned up and did the job. Quick reliable very professional tradesmen, Andrew comes highly recommended. Thanks Andrew.

O'regan roofing & brickwork is a family company with over 30 years experience in all types of roofing and brickwork , we endeavour to provide a quality service for a reasonable price

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Reviewed by Chris on 29/6/2019

I can’t recommend Joe highly enough. It’s really refreshing to have someone who arrives on time and does a great job. I have Joe’s business card and he will be the first on my list should I need any further work completed.

UPVC Fascias soffits guttering Missing ridge tiles lost in winds Fascias and gutters cleaned and sealed Bird guards chimney capped Dry verge/dry ridge systems Repointing ridge tiles/eaves Apex Bird guards for solar panels Chimney repointing Moss removal Slipped tiles Leaks

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Reviewed by Graham on 21/5/2020

Got in touch straight away, arranged the repair for the next day. Explained what work needed doing, gave a free quote and completed the job the same day. Great job, friendly and professional.

Hi, we are S.A.M Roofing and property maintenance. Our team have over 15 years experience in the trade. We are honest, reliable, punctual and trustworthy. We cover all of the Northwest and Yorkshire. We do all types of work - Reroofs, New Roofs, Roof repairs, Leadwork, Chimneywork, Fascia boards and Soffitts, Guttering and Downpipes - All aspects undertaken. All our work is done to high standards and guarantees are given for peace of mind.

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Reviewed by Kieren on 10/5/2020

Easy to deal with, job completed as arranged and completely hastle free. All rubbish was taken away. Absolutely no complaints. Thanks.

Been doing roofing and building for 15+ years since i left school We take a lot of pride in our work and make sure we give you 100% satsifaction Please check out our instagram page and follow us mjbbuilding Services we offer -repairs to roofs -leadwork -driveways & patios -any sort of building work -garden clearence -carpentry

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Reviewed by Gillian on 25/1/2020

Turned up as promised. Speedy and efficient. Cleaned up afterwards. Friendly and happy to explain what was needed. Would definitely employ again.

Specialist in replacing roof windows . Old roof windows that are drafty or either turning black and mouldy. I also put in roof windows where you are looking light into a room when there is no existing roof windows .Reroof old slates/tiles with new ones with new felt and laths. If you also have any problems with your pvc windows or doors with drafts or need them replaced I also can do these services. Other services include fixing leaking chimneys with pointing around the chimneys and with new lead flashing .Johnny

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Reviewed by Alanna on 7/3/2020

What can I say about our wee Johnny....apart from excellent work and price, he is a decent honest caring lad. Would highly recommend JY Roofing to anyone. Miss you boys! ??????xx

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Chimney Building / Repair specialists - what you need to know

Chimneys might be a sought-after design feature, but they also perform a crucial role whenever you use your gas, wood-burning or open fire. Chimneys are engineered to allow just the right flow of air to get rid of dirty emissions, while maintaining as much heat in your home as possible.

In fact, the construction of chimneys is governed by strict building regulations – so it pays to use a professional when you’re having work done. As well as creating a chimney breast and fitting a pot or terminal (if necessary), building a new chimney involves assembling the flue lining, flue pipe (where required), connector and the smoke chamber. Doing this in the correct way makes sure a draft is created, which pulls smoke out of your room and evacuates it safely.

The complexity of repairing a chimney depends on the fault. The good news is that most problems can be resolved. Flues can be relined or repaired to address issues with leaking smoke or emissions. Or, if you’re having damp problems, these can be fixed too – either with brickwork remediation or by replacing lead flashings. And even more serious structural problems such as a leaning chimney breast can be sorted – though this may be a big job, with scaffolding required.

Cost of chimney building and repair

The labour and material costs to build a chimney will depend on the complexity of what you’re trying to achieve. And, design features aside, that will usually be steered by the type of fire you have (or want). Expect the construction of even the most modest chimney to start at around £1,000 and go up from there.

When it comes to flue costs, these vary according to the type of fuel you’re using. Wood-burning stoves can use prefabricated stainless-steel flues, which are the cheapest option. Gas fires only need a single-skin flue, but solid fuel fires require an insulated twin-wall flue – this is to stop smoke from condensing inside. A typical twin-wall stainless-steel flue will cost anywhere from £1,250-£1,500. Ceramic flues (as well as those made from other resilient materials like pumice stone) are also available, but these will cost significantly more than the steel option.

Chimney repair costs can vary drastically according to the job. You’ll usually be quoted according to the time required to remedy your exact problem. Depending on where you are, that rate will be between £150-£300.

How to repair a chimney

  • Problems with the flue. Your flue has to be airtight for safety, to make sure carbon monoxide is sent out of your home. The flue can be tested using a smoke pellet, or your professional may recommend a specialist survey using a video camera. The solution to most flue-related problems is having a new liner installed, which an experienced tradesperson will carry out in accordance with building regulations.
  • Leaking chimney stack. Stains on ceilings or walls near your chimney breast are the telltale signs of a leak. Often this is the result of flashings (strips which cover the area where roof tiles meet the chimney brickwork) either coming loose or cracking and allowing rainwater in. Replacing flashings is a relatively straightforward job, and lead is typically selected as it is both durable and weatherproof. New flashings are usually installed in a stepped pattern for waterproofing.
  • Cracked brickwork. Whether internally or externally, cracked brickwork can present problems for your chimney and will need to be resolved. External cracks can create structural damage, while internal cracks could allow dangerous emissions to escape into your home. Replacing damaged brickwork requires any defective sections to be removed and replaced, or for more minor repairs areas can simply be repointed. In extreme cases, the chimney stack may need to be taken down and rebuilt.
  • Unstable chimney stacks. If chimneys show evidence of leaning, they can be reinforced with steel straps or stay bars. Where leaning becomes more exaggerated, it may be necessary to rebuild the chimney – either partially or entirely.

Building a chimney – the key components

  • Chimney breast. Usually a brick or blockwork column either built inside a property or on the outside of an external wall, the chimney breast directs smoke, gas and other by-products out of your home. Some may have a dedicated flue pipe inside, or simply be lined with a flue liner. A chimney breast will terminate at the roof of your home and is usually finished by a pot or cowl.
  • Flue liner. The flue liner is made from a fire-resistant material – typically specialist concrete, clay, or metal. Flue liners help to protect the brickwork of a chimney from combustion gases, and also improve air flow. There are two types of flue liner – class 1, for solid fuel fires, and class 2, for gas fires.
  • Flue pipe. The flue pipe allows smoke and other emissions to travel out of your home, away from the fire. Not every chimney will have (or needs) a flue pipe, but where they are present, they need to be engineered to ensure they create enough draught.
  • Flue connector. This connects the fireplace to the flue. Provided the angle it is installed at doesn’t exceed 45°, your chimney sweep can still clean your fireplace.
  • Hearth. This is the surround that helps keep your fire where it’s supposed to be and prevents heat from damaging nearby elements, like carpets and walls.
  • Smoke shelf. A horizontal surface that helps to prevent downdraughts of smoke from entering your home.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

A general builder will be able to construct a chimney, while a roofing expert can repair elements like lead flashings. These tradespeople don’t necessarily need any specific qualification to do this work.

But to install a fireplace your tradesperson may require additional accreditation, depending on the type of fuel you’ll be using. For gas fires, your professional must be Gas Safe registered. For solid fuel fires, they should be HETAS (the solid fuel fire accreditation body) registered.

Planning permission for chimney construction and repair

You won’t usually need planning permission to install a chimney. To quote the planning portal: “Planning permission is not required provided that the height of the chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe is not more than 1 metre above the highest part of the roof.”

There may be additional requirements if you live certain areas, such as a national park or a neighbourhood featuring listed buildings.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

Make sure your tradesperson holds public liability insurance. This helps to protect you and your tradesperson from any damage to your property.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Would your professional recommend installing a flue pipe?
  • If a flue pipe is not necessary, would they recommend a flue liner?
  • What techniques would they recommend for a smoke or gas leak, or a damp issue?
  • Do they hold Gas Safe or HETAS accreditation?
  • Can they offer a warranty on their work?

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