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The Cause is in the Details: Inspecting Damage to Brick-clad, Wood-framed Chimneys

DonanEngineering Forensic Engineering, Structural Damage & Collapse

Brick masonry chimneys have been prevalent for centuries, but it wasn’t until recent decades that brick-clad, wood-framed chimneys became common in residential construction.  This trend resulted from the increasing popularity of metal insert fireplaces. While they may appear similar from the exterior, the structure and weather-resistant envelope of wood-framed chimneys are very different than masonry-built chimneys.  Prior to studying damage, …

Photograph 2:  Note the chimney leaning toward the right.  The red indicating line is parallel to the exterior wall of the house.

The Cause is in the Details: Inspecting Damage to Chimneys

DonanEngineering

Brick masonry chimneys have been prevalent for centuries, but it wasn’t until recent decades that brick-clad, wood-framed chimneys became common in residential construction.  This trend resulted from the increasing popularity of metal insert fireplaces. While they may appear similar from the exterior, the structure and weather-resistant envelope of wood-framed chimneys are very different than masonry-built chimneys.  Prior to studying damage, …