Rot Repair

During our beginning stages for a standard chimney repair, we came across a bigger issue. We found poor roof flashing conducted by a roofer. Screws were used to secure roofing and flashing down around the chimney, this has damaged the home. This roof flashing system collected an excess of water and has caused dry rot around the roofing. The sheathing needed to be cut out approximately 48 inches behind, and 16 inches in all directions from the chimney and replaced. We replaced the rotted trusses, sheathing, and supplied and installed new roof shingles. We then installed new step flashing, and a cricket to divert water and debris. Now, this chimney AND roof is secure, safe and will last for many more years.

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SPARK Modern Fires

Portland Fireplace and Chimney is now offering SPARK Modern Fireplace products to our valued customers.  Why did we want to work with SPARK?  SPARK Modern Fires offers superior design and outstanding performance—flawless fires for any highly designed environment. The SPARK fire is minimalist, modern, and pares fire to its essence of the flame itself. The old gas log is gone, replaced by sleek, simple lines and sophisticated design. SPARK Modern Fires is the originator of the sleek, modern, flame-only fire. SPARK’s continued leading-edge innovation and design make our products the professional’s choice—an asset to the contemporary architect and designer.

SPARK’s clean, updated aesthetic is matched only by its level of practical versatility.
Most SPARK fires can be paired with a customizable surround in varying dimensions, details, and styles. Every fireplace is engineered to be extremely energy-efficient and simple to install. And all are guaranteed to provide the most effective warmth possible.

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Rainy Day Rebuild

Project update, SE Portland rebuild. This chimney had no crown, and no flue tile. The chimney was also broken at the roofline. The masonry counter flashing was improperly installed using silicone sealant. This will accelerate the decay of the masonry at the roofline.
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We took this chimney down below the flashing to where things were solid, and rebuilt from there. The rain doesn’t stop us from getting things done =)

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Call us for all your chimney repair needs! 503-758-4710

 

Go green with brick!

Why should you use brick in your next remodeling or construction project?

Because brick is the most sustainable green building material made.
Given the significance buildings have on energy consumption, brick should be part of a comprehensive green strategy because today’s brick includes:

  • Inherently Natural Ingredients. Brick is predominantly made from clay and shale, which are among the most abundant materials available on earth.
  • Countless Recycling Options. Brick can be salvaged, crushed brick for sub-base materials, and chipped brick for permanent landscaping mulch.
  • Minimal Waste. Virtually all of the mined clay is used in the manufacturing process making the recycling and waste containment unequalled by any other building material.  In fact, over 80% of our manufacturers re-use their own fired waste material or convert it into other products.  And if you decide to pitch it, there is no special handling required because brick is simply earth, so it’s inert.
  • Brick is the first masonry material that can attain a “Certificate of Environmental Claims” from a third party source. The National Brick Research Center, an organization of the College of Engineering andcScience at Clemson University, has developed a standard to verify the amount of recycled content in brick, the utilization of renewable energy in the firing process, and the reduction in the amount of resources used to manufacture brick.
  • Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing Processes. More than 80% of brick kilns are fired with natural gas, and numerous plants use fuels of bio-based materials from other industrial applications and waste products.  Energy sources include methane gas from landfills and sawdust from furniture manufacturers.
  • Low Embodied Energy to Manufacture Brick. With clay brick’s renowned longevity, no additional energy will be needed to make a replacement brick for many decades – if not centuries. The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) gives brick masonry a 100-year life, and many brick buildings older than a century are still in use today. In fact, brick is one of the few materials that building codes allow to be reused in a building application when it meets the ASTM standard for clay brick. Consequently, salvaged bricks are in high demand and represent a vibrant market.
  • According to recent statistics, the impact of residential and commercial buildings account for:
    • 65.2% of electricity consumption
    • >36% of the country’s “primary energy use”
    • 30% of total US greenhouse gas emissions
    • 136 million tons of demolition and construction waste in the U.S.  That equates approximately 2.8 lbs per person per day

 

 

Here’s an outdoor project to get you inspired! 

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Chimney Fires Can Be Prevented

According to the latest statistics available, there are over 25,000 Chimney Fires per year in the US that are responsible for over 125 million dollars in property damage. More than 20% of all house fires are caused by wood burning appliances, and around half of those are related to chimney problems. The best thing you can do to prevent a chimney fire is to keep your chimney clean and have it inspected often. How often should you clean your chimney?

The National Fire Protection Association says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”

 

Here are some photos of a chimney fire taken from a GoPro on a firefighters chest. 

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500 gallons per minute of water flushing out this chimney fire and dumping into the home, untold damage from both fire and water.

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Have your chimney inspected today!

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Stucco!

Over the years, Portland Fireplace and Chimney has completed numerous masonry and stucco projects throughout the Portland Metro area. Our knowledge and experience in masonry construction add immense value to our customers’ design process. We are committed to completing our projects on time and within the set budget. Our many repeat customers and ongoing relationships with homebuilders and general contractors have led to our continued success. Portland Fireplace and Chimney maintains a highly trained and skilled workforce, ultimately resulting in top-of-the-line results and a finished product that will please our customers. Here is a recent repair job where a prior contractor had not taken the proper steps to keep the work in good condition for years to come. Call us for all your masonry and stucco needs! 503-758-4710

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Fire safety, and bringing your chimney up to code

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 Standard For Chimneys, fireplaces, vents, and solid fuel burning appliances 2010 edition states that the inner surfaces of the smoke chamber shall be parge coated smooth, with an insulating refractory mortar. All national building codes now specify the use of refractory mortar conforming to ASTM C-199 for installing firebrick and clay flue linings in masonry fireplace and chimney construction. This includes the International Code Council (formerly BOCA, ICBO, SBCCI), the International Residential Code, and the National Fire Protection Association. Several codes also require the refractory mortar to be non-water soluble.

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Call Portland Fireplace and Chimney today for a 21 point inspection and video scan! Remember, A CHIMNEY CANNOT BE INSPECTED PROPERLY WITH A FLASHLIGHT. The standard for chimney inspections includes having a camera run through the length of the flue. (503) 758-4710