We specialize in complete fireplace and chimney remodeling and repair, as well as historical masonry restoration and water proofing.

 

We are Portland’s one-stop-shop for your fireplace and chimney remodel or repair.

 

We do it all.
Demo, Rebuild, Install, Gas piping, Electrical, Permits and Inspections all for you and your family.

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Welcome to Portland Fireplace and Chimney!

Protect your home and investment with quality craftsmanship from Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc. We take a "fix it right the first time" approach. Select an established chimney professional that knows the fireplace and chimney building and safety codes.

Are you looking for a reputable, locally owned company with a history of professional service and customer satisfaction? Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc. provides outstanding service to thousands of customers every year. We have been serving the Portland-Vancouver area since 2007.

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc services the greater Portland metro area. We are your one stop shop contractor for everything fireplace. We start by performing NFPA 211 inspections and cleaning service. Then we take the time to educate you about the history of your home related to your fireplace. We provide the highest quality inspections by getting in the attic, crawlspace and taking at least 25-30 high resolution photos and a video camera inspection of the interior firewall as necessary. All to ensure your education of three vital aspects of a chimney in the PNW.

Structural integrity

We find many chimneys have severe saturation decay, from the PNW wind driven rain and freezing temperatures. This expansion and contraction changes your solid chimney into a loose pile of brick with mortar falling out and onto the roof. We have performed thousands of structural rebuilds, seismic retrofit’s, tuck-pointing and custom fabrication all with an artisan perspective. We enjoy our work and the history we uncover. You will find on our jobs that the bricks are re-used if possible or replaced with the exact match to preserve the homes historic integrity. The mortar is just as important. It is ugly to see a chimney with a bunch of miss matching mortar because the mason didn’t take the time to sample his mix of cement color, sand size and die ratio to achieve a perfect match.  We take great pride in our work because it should last at least 100 years.

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After

Fireplace Safety and Functionality

Our interior firewall inspection uncovers many mysteries about the internal workings of your fireplace, but also provides evidence of the history of usage. Have you ever tried to have a fire and smoke just billows out of the front into the room? Chances are, the chimney has no firewall liner. Or it could be that it was improperly built from the start. We find cracked interior walls, a lack of refractory mortar, exposed red clay bricks or celled concrete block, blockages, damage from past chimney fires, or malpractice from uncertified inexperienced chimney sweeps. It’s important to understand that a chimney sweep who is certified is educated on internal performance specifications of a fireplace. Value is found in an inspector who understands and can catch these unsafe areas that commonly are overlooked by an un certified chimney sweep. A company that offers chimney sweeping only, is doing a dis-service to the consumer, and likely indicates the company is not certified.  Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc is also CSIA certified. We strictly follow all NPFA 211 code specs to design a safe and functional interior fireplace firewall, smoke chamber, chimney liner, damper, and proper chimney caps. That way you know you and your family are going to be safe enjoying a fire in your fireplace.

There is no liner in this chimney and no refractory cement in the smoke chamber. Without the required liner and refractory cement, this chimney will not withstand heat from a fire. Heat will transfer through the brick cells to a combustible material and eventually ignite.

Non parged corbels in a smoke chamber restricts the flow and creates back puffing.

This chimney has experienced settling, causing cracks in the facing and gaps between the firebox and facing. Gaps between the firebox and facing will allow heat and smoke to transfer to surrounding combustibles, which will cause pyrolysis and eventually ignite.

Burnt mantle from improper clearance to combustibles.

Preventative Maintenance 

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc performs a preventative maintenance package on every project we complete. The reason these chimneys are in such bad shape in the first place is for two main reasons.

1. Lack of a proper chimney cap.
A proper chimney cap is designed out of 24 gage stainless steel so it will never rust and will last a lifetime. Our caps are locally fabricated by a small family business metal shop who has been in business for 40 years. Our cap designs will shelter and protect the footprint of all the masonry of the chimney to divert all water accumulation from the crown, with a proper roof structure to drip water completely off the chimney crown. If all chimneys had a proper cap for its design, we would not see so much need for chimney repair.

Powder coated black chimney cap in the rain, protecting the chimney from saturation decay.

2. Water seal treatment.
A chimney repair must cure for approximately 28 days. When it is dry and above 50 degrees, we make our last trip out to your home to apply two coats of our industrial grade masonry water seal treatment. A chimney constructed of porous brick and mortar will take on water. When you drop a brick in a bucket of water it will bubble as it sucks up water, just like a sponge and it gains a considerable about of weight. In our climate, a brand-new chimney will absorb water even with no cracks. It will load up with water just like a brick in a bucket of water. If a chimney becomes fully saturated it will dissipate water into the attic of the house. In my early years, I would get call backs trying to figure out how the chimney was leaking. It wasn’t until I found that water proofing was the actual finishing aspect of masonry. Just like any other porous building material, siding and trim boards for example, must be finished with two coats of paint to seal it. Bricks are the same, they just require a clear paint known as siloxane.

Applying our masonry water seal treatment to newly repaired chimney.

With a proper chimney cap and water seal treatment we guarantee our work and satisfaction with a 100% no leak guarantee.

Fireplace installations

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc is also a dealer of many fireplace manufacturers. We supply and install wood and gas stoves, manufactured wood and gas fireplaces, hybrid systems, masonry heaters, gas log sets and custom fireplace doors.

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc has an army of skilled artists so you can be certain your fireplace remodel will be as unique as your dreams. We have craftsman who have been building masonry fireplaces for 45 years. Our gas plumber has been running gas lines for 35 years, our remodeling foreman has 30 years of experience and knows all that Portland has to offer.

Before

After - We raised the firebox and installed a Regency LRI4E gas insert with a custom 4 sided backing plate to create a designer look.

 

Hire local

Lastly, we are all born and raised in Portland.  Our owner Louis Lee was born at home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. He attended Portland State University on an economics scholarship and played basketball in the Division I NCAA college basketball tournament. Since college, Louis has been a entrepreneur investing in property and many local businesses. He has been restoring the historical integrity of Portland homes his entire professional career. But his passion is to bring families together around the warmth of a fireplace, because it is here where his father shared with him the most valuable life lessons. Louis Lee is the youngest president of the OCSA in the history of the association and was voted into position by the elders after only 4 years of membership.

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc is your top notch pick for a fireplace and chimney company in the greater Portland metro area.

Your home is the first place you want to be certain of the safety of your fireplace and chimney. It is our top priority to ensure the safety of your home and loved ones. It is our passion, livelihood and love of the community around us that inspires the excellence in trade knowledge and customer service we provide.

We look forward to providing outstanding service from your initial call to completion of work. We pride ourselves on performing excellent work in the utmost timely and professional manner.

Owner, Louis Lee

 

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What is a chimney repair?We get all kinds of requests for chimney repairs. Almost every time our customers think they know what they need. A “Chimney Repair, a tuck-point repair, a repointing repair, a pointing repair, a crown repair, a crown wash, a new crown, new masonry counter flashing repair.”What is a chimney repair?I believe most get these terms when they buy their home. A home inspector (if they are a good one) will get on the roof and check out the masonry chimney structure. They are looking for cracks. Cracks in the crown, cracks in the mortar between the bricks, gaps in the flashing that waterproofs the chimney to roof penetration. Oftentimes these cracks are just the tip of the iceberg. Then the home inspector will say things in the report like. “This chimney crown needs pointing repairs to the cracks in the crown and in the mortar.What is a chimney repair? What is pointing? How do I define it?A chimney repair can be a multitude of these things. It can be any form of repair, but the defining terms that create confusion is when cracks are repaired by the tuck-point method or the rebuild method.I am going to help everyone get a clearer understanding of what those two things are and how they are different.So, what is tuckpointing and how do I determine if a chimney can be tuck-pointed?Tuckpointing includes grinding out mortar joints between bricks or stones that have surface fragmentation and imperfections. A mortar joint is 4 inches thick of a bond between the bricks or stones.When we do tuckpointing repairs, we use high-powered grinders with diamond blades to cut out cracked and fragmented mortar. We have a special vacuum and grinder attachment we use during the grinding that keeps the dust from polluting the neighborhood. The last thing that you want is to send a cloud of dust onto the neighboring property or car. We also use special pneumatic chisels that gently remove the mortar between stones.Tuckpointing repairs the mortar joint 1″- 1 1/2″ in depth from the face of the brick or stone, to remove all the loose, cracking, fragmented mortar at the surface. Then we are inspecting the condition of the mortar remaining in the structure after the surface layer has been ground out to the depth of 1 ½ inches.The mortar remaining on the interior needs to be solid and structurally sound, this is crucial for tuck-point repairs to work well. The new mortar we mix up and squeeze into the joints between the bricks needs to be able to properly bond to an existing structurally sound mortar surface within the joint. If the mortar has water damage decay and rot past 1 ½ inches, then the chimney should not be tucked-pointed. This is because if you attempt to tuckpoint it, the new mortar will not bond to the existing unsound, water damaged mortar left inside the middle core of the mortar joint. What ends up happening is after a year or two the mortar joints that were just re-pointed into the chimney crack again, and start to fall out of the chimney onto the roof. This is a high percentage of our customers. They call and say we need you to fix our chimney correctly, the last company didn’t do a good job and the mortar color doesn’t even match and now it’s falling out again. Chemistry in mortar mix MATTERS! Now they are forced to address chimney repairs again. Because the previous tuck point repairs did not properly bond.This also causes the brick faces to crack and spall apart when they use the wrong mortar mix that is too rich with Portland Cement.Walk around your neighborhood and take a look at all the chimneys around. Then imagine if we had an earthquake. You will notice that many chimneys are leaning to the south. There are a lot of leaning chimneys out there and it’s due to poor tuck point repairs.The winter sun warms up the south face of the chimney and causes it to expand, then the ice storms come and fill up the open areas with water. The sun goes down and temperatures drop below freezing turning all that water trapped in the masonry to ice. The ice expands the mortar again. This happens over and over and over. And the chimney starts to lean. This is when we see bricks actually fall off the tops of houses. Then God sends a high wind storm and blows off chimney caps taking loose bricks and mortar with it.When a 4 inch thick mortar joint is water damaged beyond the 1 inch depth, the chimney should simply be rebuilt. It is a better value to take all the bricks down to the roofline and rebuild the chimney so that you can install all new mortar joints clear through the 4 inch thick mortar bed. This gives us a very strong chimney and product we can stand behind. In my eyes, this is a true Chimney Repair. Because it will stand the test of time and a homeowner will never have to address masonry chimney repairs again (if maintained properly with a custom cap and water seal). By removing all the rotten water damaged, inferior material, we are able to provide a superior product to the homeowner. This also guarantees no leaking will occur in the masonry.Most chimneys need chimney repair because they do not have a proper sized chimney cap. A proper sized chimney cap is designed to adequately shelter and protect the full footprint of the chimney crown.In my early years, I would install single flue Chimney Caps, these chimney caps just cover the termination or the hole/flue exit of the top of the chimney, and actually are too small for the PNW climate.I made this realization by doing return annual service for my customers. Just one year prior I had installed a termination cap and returned to sweep the chimney, I got up on the roof, and I found that the chimney crown was cracked. The area that it was cracking was directly below the lip of the roof of the flue cap. I had an aha moment and made the connection. I had installed an inferior product which actually focalized the water from the roof of the chimney cap onto the top of the concrete chimney crown. And where that water was dripping, it impacted the concrete enough to crack it clear through in just one season. I no longer sell single flue termination caps because I learned this does not work for the PNW climate. The PNW has an extremely harsh climate for building materials. Just last year we had low temperatures in the 20s and high temperatures in the 100’s.Through my 20 years experience I have got a clear understanding of building material science and have found that these building materials actually expand and contract and move quite a bit. This is why I take a holistic approach and aim to deliver a superior product to my homeowners. I want to offer a high quality, long lasting product so that people can save money in the long run and do the job correctly the first time. This is also how I run my exteriors company, PNWExteriors.com, because I have seen so many building systems designed to minimum code standard requirements fail and expire early. You’re better off paying for premium material on any construction project to get the maximum longevity, oftentimes the premium material is only 10% to 15% more expensive. What is most costly is the cost of doing business. The labor rates and insurance policies we must have to set up scaffolding in order to safely access and do roofline up work. It is extremely high in comparison to other trades.People often don’t understand that a fireplace chimney is essentially a structurally sound, watertight, thermodynamic functional, fireproof building in itself. I educate my customers on all the options. Sometimes a tuck point repair is 75% of the cost of a rebuild repair and I recommend they do the rebuild because it will last forever.After every masonry restoration project, we install a proper chimney cap and an industrial grade siloxane masonry water seal treatment. This provides an additional waterproof layer on the porous masonry structure. It’s kind of like rain-X on your chimney, and the water will no longer absorb, instead the water just beads up on the surface and drips off the chimney.Most commonly a chimney, just needs to be taken down to the roofline and rebuilt. Because the chimneys are most water damaged where they are exposed to the elements on all four sides. As we take a chimney down to the roofline, we find that most of them get very firm at the roofline because the exposure condition drastically decreases. The attic and the house protects the chimney and keeps it warm. But the stack above the roofline gets hit hard by freezing rain and wind chill which causes the building materials to expand and contract and break the bond through the mortar joint entirely.So for all the inspectors out there, jump up on the roof and take your screwdriver and scratch the mortar out. If the mortar continues to scratch out of the chimney, beyond 1 inch in depth, this chimney needs to be rebuilt. Let’s do everyone a favor and fix these problems right the first time. ... See MoreSee Less
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