Owner: Paul Walker
San Diego Masonry Contractor
Trained in England, he has 24 years of experience in masonry construction. The first five years were in and around London, where he served working with tradesmen who passed down their skills and knowledge acquired from previous generations.
Building Fireplaces & Chimneys since 1992
Paul Walker is a recognized expert in: He is trained in all areas of masonry construction focusing mainly on the comprehensive aspects of fireplace and chimney construction, including outdoor cooking ovens and BBQs using real stone stonework, True stone, Rox Pro rock, Eldorado and Cultured stone.
If you have a fireplace that needs remodeling we can transform your old fireplace into a beautiful showcase for your home.
ABOUT FIREPLACES:So popular are fireplaces, that the National Association of Home Builders rates the desirability of a fireplace in a home as the third most wanted feature in new home construction behind outdoor porches and upscale kitchens. More than half of US homes have one or more fireplaces. Many San Diego new home construction or home improvement construction projects involve home owners hiring San Diego fireplace and chimney contractors to design and build a new chimney or fireplace.
A fireplace is an architectural element consisting of a space designed to contain a fire, generally for heating but sometimes also for cooking. The space where the fire is contained is called a firebox or firepit; a chimney or other flue allows gas and particulate exhaust to escape the building. While most fireplaces are constructed in building interiors, sometimes outdoor fireplaces are created for evening warmth, outdoor cooking or decorative purposes.
A fireplace may consist of some or all of the following elements: foundation, hearth, firebox, facing, ashdump door, chimney crane, cleanout door, grate or iron bars, lintel, lintel bar, overmantle, breast, damper, smoke chamber, throat, flue, chimney chase, crown, cap or shroud, and spark arrestor.
TYPES OF FIREPLACES:Masonry (brick or stone fireplaces and chimneys) with or without tile lined flue. Tiles are used to line the flue to keep the corrosive combustion products from eating away the chimney flue lining. Unreinforced masonry chimney do not stand up to earthquakes well.
Reinforced Concrete Chimneys: Popular during the 1970s to 1980s. Fundamental flaws (the difference in thermal expansion rates between steel rebar and concrete which caused the chimney flues to crack when heated) bankrupted the US manufacturers and obsoleted the technique. This type of chimney often shows vertical cracks on the exterior of the chimney which worsen as the internal rebar rusts.
Manufactured or 'Prefab' fireplace with sheet metal fire box and double or triple walled metal pipe running up inside a wood framed chase with a chase cover and cap/spark arrestor at the top to keep birds out and sparks in. Within about one hundred meters from salt water this type of chimney is subject to rusting. Otherwise it's competitive to the masonry chimney.
FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY MAINTENANCE:CHIMNEY INSPECTION:
According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), a chimney should be inspected and or cleaned once a year depending on the design of the chimney and on usage-including amount of wood burned, type of wood burned (seasoned or unseasoned).
Chimney cleaning is needed to remove creosote deposits and other debris from chimneys and vents. Creosote buildup in chimneys can lead to chimney fires or flue blockages.
FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY REPAIRS:
Keeping your fireplace and chimney operating at its best makes good sense, protecting your family and home from fire and smoke damage. Typical repairs include, damper repair, mortar crown repair, firebox repointing and rebuilding, *chimney relining, and *chimney cap replacement.
FIREPLACE ACCESSORIES:Fireplace accessories may include chimney caps, fireplace tool sets, fireplace screens, fireplace grates, fireplace and irons, fireplace dampers, firebacks, fireplace log sets, and fireplace log lighters.