Many historic homes offer multiple fireplaces. In early days these fireplaces were originally working parts of the home. These chimneys were constructed with no liners and in many cases promoted poor draft and fire hazards with no clearances to combustibles. The proper means for restoration of these fireplaces is to reline with a cast-in-place cement lining system. This process usually can be completed without removing a single brick and with minimal intrusion to the fabric of the home. Relining, when sized and installed correctly, makes these fireplaces usable again. This system suits any fuel type or appliance. Our cast-in-place lining system meets all current building codes and historic guidelines or recommendations. This type of system adds stability to the structure and prevents any heat radiation in to the combustible walls of the home. The exterior can be addressed by tuck pointing the mortar joints and adding sealants to protect the soft historic brick.
All chimneys are exposed to the outside elements and require maintenance or repairs to prevent deterioration. Moisture absorption, decayed mortar joints and cement crowns, flaking brick or inadequate footings are all issues that contribute to a faulty chimney. In many cases these repairs are minimal in cost if addressed in time. If the repairs or maintenance are postponed or delayed, structural damage to the chimney or home can easily be incurred. Any appliance that is not properly fitted for its chimney can cause a problem, including the energy efficient gas and oil furnaces that have become so popular in recent years. Now the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends that when you install a new appliance, the flue be reduced in accordance with their guidelines for that appliance. When the flue does not vent quickly and efficiently, any home becomes a danger zone.
The benefit of poured chimney liners is recognized by every insurance company around the country. Having originated in England, the poured chimney lining process was first introduced in the United States in 1979. Since it’s introduction, many chimney professionals have worked hard to educate the public as well as fire officials to the safety benefits of the poured chimney liner. Many have responded very positively, from our neighborhood firemen who recommend it to homeowners following a fire, to national insurance companies, which are recommending the process to their insurance adjustors.
The Chimney Restoration Group uses state of the art technology to inspect and diagnose your chimney. This system allows you to see exactly what your flue is hiding. As mother always said “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” – so don’t assume your chimney is fine based on outward appearance, keep your family safe and have your chimney inspected.
In addition to our many payment options, we also offer the convenience of financing your stove or grill purchase.
McCready Masonry Inc. was founded in 1983. We are family owned and have built a solid reputation on quality workmanship and excellent customer service. Attention is given to our customer’s needs and the expectations they want to achieve for their projects. This allows us to create long standing relationships with our clients. Many of our customers are repeat customers because we have proven ourselves reliable and professional in our field.
Our work encompasses both residential and commercial structures. Our company can do your job from start to finish, from the foundation to the finished project. Patios, fireplaces, sidewalks, concrete floors, steps and pavers are just a few more areas where we are proficient. We also install brick, stone and decorative block. Every masonry need you may have can be accomplished by our skilled team.
Our company is the life blood of our family and this is why we strive to meet the highest standards in our profession. We pride ourselves on our integrity and honesty as well as the high regard we display to our customers. We feel craftsmanship and experience separates us from others in the industry. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you whether on a large project or a small one. The staff at McCready’s is always up for the challenge.
SALES & LAYAWAY
We are a full service masonry company with over 30 years of experience in the fireplace and hearth industry. Our staff is trained and experienced to educate our customers on the product or hearth appliance to suit their needs. We offer free estimates and will work closely with any builder, architect, designer or homeowner. Our salespeople are always ready to lend their expertise.
We install everything we sell. We believe in providing our clients with a start to finish, stress free experience when planning the installation of a hearth appliance, fireplace, outdoor kitchen, fire pit or any other masonry need. We completely understand how difficult approaching a new project can be, so we always go the extra mile to not only provide what you pay for, but create a level of trust and cleanliness to keep our company at the forefront of the industry.
Our service department is factory trained and certified. We service all types of appliances whether we sell them or not. We are experienced in wood, gas, pellet and coal; metal and cement linings, as well as inspections & cleanings. We can handle the complete process if your job involves an insurance claim with your adjuster. We also stock many replacement parts or items to update your current appliance. If it is technical advice you need, we are always happy to assist you.
The Chimney Restoration Group is happy to accomodate purchases through our layaway plan. We require a 20% non-refundable deposit and a monthly payment amount based on the layaway sale. Payments made by check should be made payable to The Chimney Restoration Group.
Layaway plans are only valid toward the purchase of any wood, pellet, or gas stove, insert or fireplace. This may also include any venting components needed for installation.
Layaways may be cancelled at any time. Refunds of payments (less the 20% non-refundable deposit) will be made by check, no cash refunds. The items in layaway will be put back on the market. If no payments are received within a 30 day period, your account will become inactive.
Any check that is returned to The Chimney Restoration Group for any reason will be assessed a $35.00 fee.
All items on a layaway plan must be paid for in full within 6 months of the initial purchase. If final payment is made by personal check, your item will be available for pick up or installation after a waiting period of approximately 10 business days.
If you have any questions please call us at 410-221-0599, Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm.
Other Services Provided
Complete chimney cleanings and inspections, Appliance Sales,Gasket replacements,Pellet stove cleaning, service & repair,Pellet sales and delivery,Inspection reports with digital photos for insurance claims,Historic restoration of masonry fireplaces,Complete fireplace / mantel makeovers to compliment any decor,Custom Design & Installation for all of your outdoor living needs such as stone veneer, brick, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, red cedar pergolas and many other unique products
Please call us to get our current rates on cleanings, inspections, pellets and delivery.