Severe coastal weather and how to prevent the damage

  • May 6, 2024
Chimney with freeze and water damage caused by coastal weather.


     This chimney is about a quarter of a mile from the ocean. At one time it had a very nice stucco job on it that was well formulated and well applied. The stucco has pulled away over time due to water intrusion and freeze thaw cycles during cold winters. Water intruded behind the stucco between the brick and the stucco and froze, then expanded, then froze and expanded, and froze and expanded over time; the picture above shows the final result.

     These days, we have waterproofing agents that will last 7 to 10 years depending on the environment. When this chimney is repaired we will apply the waterproofing 30 days later after the mortar has had time to cure. This damage will not occur again if the waterproofing program is maintained every 7 to 10 years meaning the waterproofing is reapplied.


Cliff and his crew wear amazing. Quality work for an affordable price. We had 6 estimates and Rooftop Chimney came in better than the rest. Highly recommend for honesty, explaining things well and fair price. Thank you Rooftop Chimney!

Angela Grissom


Leaving this review for my parents, who recently hired Cliff from Rooftop Chimney for a chimney repair, back in June. They were quick with an estimate, at a fair price and the work was scheduled promptly. They did an excellent job and we would definitely hire them again in the future or recommend them to friends!

Glenn Loontjens


I’m selling my house and needed the wood stove insert removed. With the closing date approaching, Rooftop Chimney was able to work me in their schedule and get the job done quickly and professionally. I got the DEQ certificate much faster than I thought I would. Thanks to Justin and his crew!!! I would highly recommend Rooftop Chimney.

Iain Mackintosh


Arrived on time – worked very hard to remove our very heavy fireplace insert and took extreme care to do the job well. Completed their work by cleaning our two chimneys and got it all done in good time. We would recommend their services to all.

Cynthia Keene


After selling our home, the inspection indicated that there was some work that needed to be done on our chimney including repairing some mortar as well as putting a top cap on the chimney. I contacted Rooftop Chimney and Roof Services. They were very knowledgeable answering all of my questions. That along with prompt professional service I would recommend them for any chimney needs you may need!

Gloria Cettina

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