A chimney is exposed to the elements and is particularly vulnerable to high winds. If gaps in the mortar of the chimney are starting to appear then it is probably time to get it inspected by a roofing company. At the extreme the chimney can collapse so don’t ignore signs of cracks. Chimneys can be close to the edge of a hip roof or in the middle of the roof on the ridge.
Repointing And Rehaunching A Chimney
This repair involves raking out a minimum of 25mm of mortar from all the joints with an angle grinder and then repointing, typically with a 3-1-1 mortar mix (3 parts building sand – 1 part sharp sand – 1 part cement). It is also wise to renew the mortar at the top of the chimney (called a haunch) with a 3-1 mortar mix. Depending on the size of chimney this job is likely to cost around £830-£880 made up of:
- £150-£200: Access tower and cat ladder
- £650: Labour (2.5 days for 2 people, 2.5 x £160 + 2.5 x £100)
- £30: Materials (mortar etc)
Whilst access is available it may be a good opportunity to renew the leadwork round the chimney if it is over 40 years old or is showing signs of damage. . This will add a further £300 to the cost, making the total job around £1,130 to £1,180.
Another task that could be completed at the same time is replacing or rebedding repairing any cracked or loose ridge tiles.
When replacing the lead round a chimney there is normally a back gutter made of lead that needs replacing. Also the lead soakers which sit under the tiles and bend up against the chimney need replacing as well.