Masonry is a beautiful feature for many Indianapolis homes, but it does require some TLC. Winters here in Indiana come with blistering cold, snow, and harsh winds. In order to keep your masonry structurally sound and looking its best, there are some steps you should take to protect it from the winter elements. In this post, we explain how you can protect your masonry this winter.

How Winter Weather Damages Masonry 

Winter weather can take a toll on your masonry. The freeze-thaw cycle is the most damaging aspect of the winter, as water can seep into masonry due to its porous composition. Moisture trapped in the bricks and mortar expands when it freezes, expanding and producing holes and cracks. When temperatures warm, the larger holes will allow even more water to be absorbed the next time. Temperatures during an Indiana winter fluctuate greatly, so freeze-thaw cycles may happen numerous times each winter. 

Protecting Your Masonry 

Luckily, there are some ways you can protect your masonry from winter weather. The most important step you should take is having your masonry inspected by a masonry expert. Have your chimney and any other masonry in your home inspected to determine any vulnerable areas and needs for repair. Schedule any necessary repairs before winter hits to help protect your masonry from winter damage. 

Weatherproof your masonry. Thoroughly clean the exterior and then hire a professional to apply weatherproofing to prevent moisture from seeping in. even moisture-proof stones will benefit from weatherproofing because the mortar base is still prone to water damage. This will help protect your masonry from the winter elements. 

Install a chimney cap if you have a chimney. Replacing and repairing your chimney after winter damage is costly and frustrating. However, preventing moisture damage is cost-effective.

A chimney cap is a simple, inexpensive way to guard your chimney against moisture. Get ahead of water damage by adding a chimney cap. 

Consulting an expert is the key to protecting your masonry during the winter. Brick + Ember Outfitters will help you prepare your masonry for the winter to minimize damage. Our experienced technicians will handle all of your chimney, fireplace, and masonry needs with the utmost quality and professionalism. We will provide a detailed report of your masonry and can tackle and necessary repairs. Protect your masonry today with Brick + Ember Outfitters by calling 317-500-1250 or requesting an appointment on our website