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“Pointing” refers to the finished cement between the brick courses either on a wall or chimney. How much it costs to point or repoint a chimney stack will ultimately depend on the size of the chimney and the access to it.
If your chimney is very high, big and has a glass roof/conservatory located directly beneath it, then it’s going to cost a lot more in scaffold fees!
If you are looking at having your chimney repointed, chances are you have a leak and are hoping this will solve the problem? There are several areas around the chimney you will want your roofer to inspect:
- The chimney pot
- The flaunching (cement on the top of the chimney)
- The pointing/condition of brickwork
- Condition of lead around chimney base
- Tile under the lead/around the chimney
This is the tricky part, how much does it cost to repoint a chimney?
The photo shown above is for a very small chimney, located on a very shallow roof, on a bungalow! It was a very easy chimney to repoint, and that was reflected in the price – £250.00 – and the work took half a day. That price included the flaunching on the top, the pointing and a broken tile under the lead.
Assuming your chimney is bigger, higher and more difficult to access (ie requires scaffold!) then use this a guide for a typical chimney repoint:
|Location||Small Business /Trader||Large Business|
|Need a Custom Price? >|
|South, SW and Midlands||£600.00||£850.00|
|Outer Region and North||£550.00||£600.00|
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How Difficult is it to Point or Repoint a Chimney?
The most difficult part is gaining safe access to the chimney height. This will, in most cases involve bringing in a scaffold company.
Once access has been gained, the flaunching on top of the chimney will need to be inspected and removed/replaced if it has cracked or is in a bad condition. The cement between the bricks should be raked out and any loose dust removed with a brush.
There is no point in “smudging” a thin layer of cement over the existing pointing, as it will be so thin that it will peel off after a few months of weathering. It is paramount that the existing cement is raked/cut out, usually about an inch deep.
New cement can then be pointed into the brick course.
As the chimney is subject to considerable weathering, with rainwater hitting the bricks and cement on the exposed stack, it is recommended that a strong sand/cement mix is used. A typical “roofers mix” of 3 parts sand to 1 part cement would be suitable for pointing a chimney.
Here is a photo showing the cement being pointed into place:
Why Does the Cement Wash Out/Fall Out in the First Place?
As previously stated, the best mixture is three parts sand mixed with one part of cement. This will ensure the sand is strong enough to handle the rainfall that will lash against the brickwork up on the chimney. When houses are being constructed, it is common for the bricklayer to use the same cement mixture on all the brickwork, including the chimney. The usual mixture is five parts sand to one part cement, but this is just too sandy for a rain-soaked chimney. Hence why the cement often crumbles and needs to be replaced with a stronger “roofer’s mix”.
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