Is it worth paying a mason 40% more to point a chimney?
April 4, 2014 9:42 AM Subscribe
Shall I hire a chimney company for pointing or am I better off paying more to have a mason do the job?
posted by elf27 to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Chimney guy comes to clean and (as they typically do) tells me that more work is needed. This time, however, I think their assessment is correct.
When I look at the chimney (2 stories up) I do not see white between the bricks. Chimney guy says that some of the bricks move to the touch, and that pointing is needed. (The house and chimney were constructed about 45 years ago.) He quoted $500 for the job.
I called a masonry contractor I trust and used before. He was unable to get on the roof that day because it was raining, but said assuming that pointing is all that's needed (as I understood him sometimes the deterioration is such that a chimney needs to be reconstructed) he could do the job for no less than $700. He knew that I had the quote for $500, but explained that his expenses are probably higher than the chimney company. He also said that his people are probably more experienced, specialists etc etc.
Is it worth $200 more to hire a specialist? Or is pointing an activity that the chimney folks can easily pull off?