One of the perks of being a mason, sometimes the view is incredible. This photo is taken from our current SW hills chimney repair project.

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Custom Chimney Cap in Hillsboro

Check out this custom stainless steel chimney cap for a customer in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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In the Pacific Northwest one of the most important reasons to have a chimney cap installed is to prevent live animals from going inside your chimney. Animals like squirrels, and raccoons love to climb into chimneys and find a nice place to cozy into. Unfortunately these animals often get trapped and die in the chimney.  Birds often build nests over open chimneys because they are drawn to the warmth the chimney provides.  If you have a chimney cap installed you should be protected from having to deal with animals inside your chimney. Our other problem child in the Pacific Northwest. Moisture in all forms (Rain, Snow, Ice) creates a problems for your chimney if  allowed in the chimney flue. The contraction and expansion of water during the freeze and thaw process in the winter is extremely harmful, a chimney cap (Just like a roof on your home) can prevent moisture from entering your chimney.



Summer Ready

Who says you can’t use your fireplace in the summer? Check out these decorating ideas to keep your fireplace and mantel hot in the off-season. A strand of twinkle lights, glowing lanterns, candles, books, plants, mirrors, painted wood any many more decor ideas can create a beautiful space inside your fireplace while its too hot outside to burn your firewood. Give us a call at 503-758-4710 to help make your fireplace summer ready!

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We’re Expanding

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc is proud to be expanding our yard / shop location! We look forward to serving our community more efficiently for years to come.


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SE Portland Mailbox

Enclosing a mailbox in brick, or stone masonry is an attractive alternative to a roadside or wall-mounted mailbox, this poor mailbox was hit by a moving vehicle. This homeowner opted for a slightly different design with a square top, I’ve inserted before and after photos in the bottom of this post. Even the most basic brick mailbox can be quite an attractive addition to your property if it matches the characteristics of your home’s architecture. Portland Fireplace and Chimney’s masons are true artisans – trained to carefully construct your mailbox or other project to our high standards.


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SW Hills Chimney Repair

Some chimneys require a creative scaffold setup to both work on the chimney safely, and efficiently. This particular customer is getting new crowns, a lot of tuck pointing and eventually custom built stainless steel chimney caps. Check back in for updates, this one is going to look great.

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Chimney repair portland chimney cap chimney

Chimney repair portland chimney cap chimney

Water and Your Masonry Chimney

All masonry chimney construction materials will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. Masonry materials deteriorate quickly when moisture that has penetrated the materials freezes and expands causing extreme stress. Water in the chimney also causes rust in steel and cast iron, weakening or destroying the metal parts.

Most masonry materials are porous and will absorb large amounts of water. Common brick is like a sponge, absorbing water and wicking moisture to the chimney interior. 

Several products have been developed specifically for use as waterproofing agents on masonry chimneys. These formulas are 100% vapor permeable, which means that they allow the chimney to breathe. Therefore, water that has penetrated and the vapors produced when the chimney dries out or the water vapors produced during use are allowed to escape, while the waterproofing agent prevents water from entering from the outside. Paint or clear sealers should never be used as a waterproofing agent because they will trap water vapors and moisture inside the chimney causing further deterioration. When damage or deterioration (gaps, voids, cracks, missing mortar, etc.) already exists in a masonry structure, the chimney should be repaired before the waterproofing agent is applied. 

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Cracked crown, chimney repair

Here we see a chimney where there are cracks in the crown cracks in the mortar joints and loose spalling brick. Masonry counter flashing is also needed. Lastly the chimney will need to have a new cricket installed behind it.

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The repairs needed for this chimney will be to build all new crowns, to tuck-point this fireplace chimney from the top down to the ground, and to supply and install all new masonry counter flashing on this fireplace chimney. Last we will supply and install a new shoulder flashing pan with drip edge on two sides and remove and replace approximately 25 old town red spalling brick.