Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hiring a chimney repair expert

Michigan Chimney Repair Expert Shares Tips on Hiring Masonry Contractor

Tips on hiring contractor in Michigan

Birmingham Mi.--Mark Maupin of Brick Repair, LLC, is a local Michigan mason contractor specialized in , chimney repair, historic restoration tuckpointing. Mark shared some tips on hiring a mason contractor for chimney repairs and other masonry repairs at a meeting with real estate investors and homeowners. Mark is familiar with how frustrating chimney repair and chimney leaks can be for homeowners and property investors. Even more frustrating is when a contractor does a poor job, has already been paid in full and he’s gone!

Mark explains, “I have been working as a Michigan masonry contractor and chimney repair specialist for 13 years. During that time I have thousands of chimneys, brick walls, fireplaces, pillars, brick porches, and a done ton of tuck pointing. I feel lucky because I am one of the few people who enjoy going to work every day. Its very gratifying to see my work in multiple communities an know the job was done right,” says Mark Maupin.

Mark went on to describe some of the sub par work he had seen while working in Michigan. “Unfortunately there are a lot of poor masonry repairs out there. I have on many occasions had to redo another contractor’s chimney repair or rebuild a porch that someone else tried to pass off as quality work. I have found chimneys crowned with mortar instead of concrete, brick replaced by stacking the bond, and countless times where a wall was no where near level or plumb, I have seen walls that no amount of acid washing or brick cleaning could fix” Maupin said.

Mark said, “buyer beware; there are so many fly by night companies out there. Don’t be fooled by a slick talking salesman who says you need extensive chimney repair. If you have not inspected your chimney personally, don’t take the word of some guy off the street that hands you a business card or flyer. Make sure to hire a masonry contractor your local handyman is not the person to use for chimney repair, or brick wall repair; the masonry field takes years to learn. Hire a professional masonry contractor for any of your masonry repairs.” Mark shared the following tips with the investors group:

1. Ask for references; a good contractor will be happy to supply references
2. only insured contactors; feel free to ask them to show proof of liability insurance and
workers compensation insurance
3.Use a reputable company; check with the Better Business Bureau
4. Look at their previous work or photos of it; some contractors carry before and after photo albums which they are very proud to show new customers
5. If your job involves demolition, use a company who specializes in demolition for proper clean-up and safety
6. Get everything in writing; a good contract, covering all details of the job will protect the interest of the contractor as well as the customer

Most masonry contractors and chimney repair companies are reputable and provide quality repairs. Don’t let handy man take on more than he can handle and ruin your brick repair experience.

Mark Maupin of Brick Repair, LLC provides exemplary masonry restoration to damaged buildings, maintaining cosmetic and structural integrity while beautifying the community through expert handiwork. He provides a satisfying customer experience from demolition and rebuilding to debris removal and clean up. He has worked hard to earn a reputation for quality Mark will provide special care for historical buildings in need of restoration to help communities remain structurally sound and pleasing to the eye. The Majority Marks work has been in the following communities of Auburn Hills, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield township, Brighton, Canton, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ferndale, Drayton Plains, Eastpointe, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Grosse pointe, Highland, Highland Park, Howell, Hunington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Madison Heights, Milford, New Hudson, Northville, Novi, Oak Park, Orchard Lake, Orion, Orchard Lake, Ortonville, Pontiac, Redford, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romulus, Roseville, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Utica, Walled Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Livingston County

Contact Phone # 248-895-7752

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