2601 Cambridge Beltway
Cambridge, MD 21613
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.
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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.
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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.
McCready's Hearth and Home
McCready Masonry & Chimney Restoration, family owned and operated since 1983, is a full range masonry and fireplace company. We offer everything and anything relating to chimneys, fireplaces, hearths and accessories.
2601 Cambridge Beltway,