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Keep Your Deck Safe This Summer

cabin-new250x166If you have a back deck, you probably appreciate it most during the summer months when you have time for cookouts, family gatherings, and relaxing weekends. However, before you have people over or your family spends a great deal of time out on your back deck, it is important that your deck is in proper condition.

Your deck supports a great deal of weight on its own, but adding furniture and extra people adds an additional amount of weight that your deck must be able to support. An unlevel deck is always considered to be an unstable deck. When the columns one one side or in a corner sink into the ground lower than the other columns, your deck’s integrity and safety has been compromised. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we provide expert service to repair your deck and keep it safe this summer.

When a house settles, it is important to understand that all aspects of the house will settle – this includes the deck(s) of your home. When a deck column’s footing or deck post’s foundation settles, the supports can lean and make the deck unstable. The deck can even be completely pulled down by excess weight on one side of the deck, causing a hazardous situation for anyone near. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the professional company in Atlanta that has over 85 years of experience serving satisfied clients.

If your deck feels like it tilts or a ball rolls on your deck without being pushed, your deck’s safety needs to be evaluated. Even a small amount of settling can lead to costly damage – both monetarily and for persons involved. Contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today to keep your deck safe this summer.

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Crawl Space Support

familyThe crawl space of a home is an area of limited height under the floor of a home that gives access to plumbing and wiring. When the crawl space of a home is damaged, it can cause serious and expensive damage, and it can even cause the entire home to fall if not taken care of. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the name to trust in and around Atlanta when every you have crawl space support issues.

Settling of a crawl space is most often caused by weak foundation soils. Changes in moisture levels with weather cause the soil to fluctuate, which causes movement of the foundation support columns and beams. While crawl spaces are cheaper to build than basements, they often do not withstand changes in the soil, changes in temperatures, water moisture, and critters as well as concrete basement walls. It is important to be able to identify telltale signs of crawl space issues. These issues should never be ignored, and they include:

  • Moist, rotting wood in the crawl space
  • Tilting or sinking crawl space supports
  • Sagging, sloping, or uneven floors within the home
  • Cracks in the interior drywall
  • Door & window frames unlevel or jammed

It is important that crawl space support issues be handled by a trusted professional foundation repair company. Crawl space supports will need to be replaced and installed to ensure the stabilization of the home’s structure. Any wood rot, mold, and/or damage from critters must also be addressed, as well as removing excess moisture.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has more than 85 years of experience in crawl space support repairs. We will recommend the best solutions for restoring the stability of your home. We can also restore your sagging floors to their original position, address the issue of poor supporting soil, excess moisture, and other concerns. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can address your crawl space problems before irreparable damage is done.

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Frost Heaving

DSC_0087While most temperatures are known to contract or expand when temperatures change from cold to hot, water behaves in a different manner. When water freezes, it expands, taking up 10% more volume than it did as a liquid. This is fine when you are freezing ice cubes, however, when this occurs in a confined space, it can cause serious damage to your concrete foundation. Freezing water that occupies a crack in a home’s foundation can exert tremendous force – anywhere from 20,000 to 80,000 pounds of pressure per square foot.

Frost heaving, when concrete is damaged by freezing water expansion, can cause serious structural damage to a home or building. To repair heaved concrete and to prevent it from occurring in the future, it is imperative that you seek the expertise of a foundation repair specialist. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the company that you can turn to for all of your foundational and masonry repair needs. We have over 85 years of experience correcting foundational issues and repairing them in order to reinstate the integrity of a home of business structure.

It is essential that you understand that repairing damage done by frost heaving is not enough. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we will work to diagnose the cause of the issue and to determine ways to avoid heaving in the future. We do not stick a “Band Aid” on any issue because we understand that your foundational issue will not be resolved in that manner. We will provide whatever techniques are necessary to solve the issue and to keep it from reoccurring. Drainage techniques can be used to prevent soil saturation from occurring next to your foundation, steel anchors or piers may be needed to make the basement walls or slab more stable, or other specific techniques may be required to reestablish the integrity of your property.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is here for you. We are the trusted name in Georgia for the most superior foundation and masonry services. Call us today to discuss your concerns with frost heaving.

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Our Price Protection Guarantee

familyHere at Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs we do everything with our customers’ best interests in mind. We want to remain competitive as a business from a business standpoint, yet we are committed to providing top notch service that will not be undersold.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is sorry to hear that you have structural foundation problems, but we are glad that you called us. Our company has been in business for over 85 years, and for the last 35 years we have been at the same location with the same phone number. We are a company that can be trusted – both on the repair end of your job and our quality of service to you. Our contract is competitive when you measure our workmanship, service, reliability, professionalism, quality, and lifetime transferable warranty.

We understand that when your home has a structural issue that it must be repaired. Your home is likely to be the largest investment you will make in life, and we do not take that lightly. When you need foundational work done, we want our customers to know that we are not concerned with how many piers we can sell you or how much work we will do. Our focus is to provide you with the best services and the best permanent solution at the very best value. We have a written guarantee that says, “If a qualified contractor elects to perform Anglin’s proposed contract work at a lower price within a thirty (30) day period, we will match that price and add a 10% discount!” We are serious about providing the highest quality work at the best price to you.

If you have any foundational concerns regarding your home or business property, please contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today. We are a full service foundation repair company – we will fix your foundational problem and then repair the masonry façade where work was done. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is here for you!

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Cracked Chimney Repair

new1Any type of issue with your chimney can be dangerous and can pose a serious safety threat to your home and family. Problems such as gaps, cracks, and spalling in the chimney’s construction can present serious risks to your home and family. With these issues, the chimney is a huge risk factor to the home. Masonry chimneys must be thoroughly inspected and kept in good condition. Whether they are constructed of brick or stone, they require a solid footing on which to rest so that they are soundly supported. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we are the experts in chimney repair and restoration here in Atlanta.

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than anything else. Because of their location on a home, chimneys can deteriorate by constant exposure to the weather. Whether your home has a full-length chimney that runs up the side of your home or only a portion of the chimney extends from the roof, its constant exposure to rain, wind, freezing temperatures, and occasional snow here in Georgia leaves is vulnerable to deterioration.

Masonry chimneys are constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials: brick, mortar, concrete, stone, concrete block, stone, flue tile, steel, and cast iron. All of these materials are adversely affected by direct contact with water or water penetration. With prolonged exposure to the weather, all of these materials will suffer accelerated deterioration. The freeze/thaw process causes the most damaging stress to a masonry chimney because moisture penetrates the chimney materials, freezes, and causes expansion. This puts undue stress on the bricks, stones, and mortar that are holding the chimney together and are trying to hold the chimney in its proper place against the home.

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we are committed to providing exceptional chimney repair. We will inspect your entire chimney in order to find the root cause of the issue and accurately diagnose the masonry damage that needs to be repaired. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has over 85 years of experience in all aspects of chimney foundation repair right here in Atlanta. Contact us today for a free chimney inspection and a free quote on the cost to repair your chimney issues.

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Bay Window Repair

familyBay windows are often considered to be a focal point of a home. Letting in large amounts of natural light, adding an inviting space in a home, and providing a beautiful focal feature are the best assets of bay windows. When you have problems with windows in your home it is often due to sagging walls and foundations. While this is scary enough for normal windows, issues with bay windows often present more pressing issues due to their large size and weight. At Anglin’s Foundation & Repairs, we have been helping homeowners repair their bay windows since 1930. We are the window repair contractor that you can count on to repair your issue correctly the first time, every time.

The first thing that needs to be determined when you are having issues with your bay window is whether or not there are problems with your foundation. Sagging window frames and jammed windows are often the result of settlement problems. When a home settles, extensive weight is put upon the framework of the house. This weight causes windows and doors to become jammed or to not open and close properly, and it can also cause windows to sag. Bay windows are often set to “jut out” from the home. This means that extra weight caused by a foundation settling will begin to collapse the framework of a home, thereby causing windows (especially large bay windows that extend from the main framework) to bind and sag.

If your bay window shows signs of damage, sagging, or is stuck in place, please contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs right away. Our experienced contractors will provide a thorough evaluation of your home to determine the cause of your structural issues, and we will provide a free estimate after the evaluation. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has been serving customers for over 86 years, so you can choose Anglin’s to solve your bay window problem and have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your issue was solved completely. Our phone number has not changed in over 40 years because we have consistently provided expert repair work for satisfied customers. We look forward to serving you!

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Sagging Floors

familyMany people like the appeal of an older home – the charm, the character, and the history often draw buyers in. There are even certain “quirks” of older homes that people often adore. However, some of these quirks can actually negatively impact the home’s safety and value and should not be ignored. Sagging floors are one of the most common issues with older homes, and they are caused by sagging floor joists and sinking foundations. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs can help restore the integrity of an older home so that it is a safe and foundationally solid structure.

Newly constructed homes have flat, level floors, and these floors are intended to remain flat. When sagging occurs, it is an indication that something has gone wrong. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, our experienced contractors can level the floors of your older home and bring the necessary support back to your structure. Most older homes were constructed over a crawlspace, and this presents issues that most homes built on a solid basement do not have. There are many new standards in place today when constructing new homes that simply were not in place 40+ years ago. A lack of a solid foundation for the floor joists to rest upon was not fully understood, and, therefore, has contributed to many older homes having major settling problems and issues with sagging floors. Another common cause of sagging floors in older homes with a crawl space foundation is that the floor joists extend across the width of the house and are supported by a central beam. This central beam loses its support over time under the weight of the house structure, people, and furnishings.

Fortunately, most sagging floors can be restored so that a home is level and secure. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs provides experienced foundation repair to restore sagging floors quickly and affordably. If a home has sagging floors that are caused by sinking foundation walls, we can permanently raise and stabilize the walls with steel piers. If the problem is caused by rotted or weakened support joists and posts, the home can be raised using hydraulic floor jacks to bring the floor to a level position. The joists can then be reinforced or replaced to create a structurally sound floor.

A sagging floor should not be ignored no matter how much character it adds to an older home. The integrity of your home is at stake, and costly and dangerous damage could occur at any time. Contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs in Atlanta for a free estimate of what it would cost to bring your sagging floors back to a solid position. We have the experience and expertise necessary to bring your older home back to its original life.

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Pre-Construction Service

Atlanta GA Foundation Repair CompanyWhile having the foundation set for a new home or building is typically not as exciting as watching walls go up, the roof go on, or moving furniture in – it is probably the most important step in construction. The foundation holds and supports the entire weight of any structure, so taking the time and means necessary to ensure that it is properly constructed will benefit you greatly in the long run.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has been in business since 1930, giving us 86 years of experience and development of a proprietary system of connecting the pier bracket to the foundation. Unlike many foundation contractors, we do not drill into the concrete foundation for the sake of attaching a pier bracket. Drilling into the foundation can damage or crack the concrete footing, leaving the entire structure vulnerable from the very start.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is a full service contractor serving homeowners and business owners throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. We have the skill, knowledge, and expertise required to provide stable foundations that last for a lifetime. Georgia is infamous for its red clay, and it is this red clay (along with buried debris, muck, and sinkholes) that has the potential to damage and threaten the foundation of your structure. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the name to trust when it comes to installing a foundation. We install a deep foundation system prior to building your home or commercial structure in order to ensure that it will rest on a solid base and will remain stable for many years to come.

Before you begin the building process, please contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs in Atlanta. We use only the highest materials for all foundation projects, and we stand behind our work with a lifetime guarantee. Please contact our office for more information about our services or to get a free quote. Our number is (770) 422-2924 – which hasn’t changed in over 40 years!

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New Year – Time to Inspect Your Home

Atlanta GA Foundation RepairsWith a new year now underway, many people have made goals and resolutions that they hope to keep throughout the year in order to help them progress in certain areas. New Year’s resolutions are great motivators to kick-start goals, but there is one New Year’s resolution that may not be on the “most popular” list – but it should be. With each New Year, it is important that you take the time to inspect your home.

Your home is likely to be the largest expense that you will ever make in your entire life. Whether you are fortunate enough to pay off your home, or you have a 30-year mortgage that is just underway, protecting this investment should be one of your top priorities.

A home inspection can be a relatively easy process. You can hire someone to do it, or you can simply walk around and throughout your entire home and do it yourself. Your eyes are your best tools for inspecting your home. Look for cracks! Cracks in your walls, cracks in your ceilings, cracks in your floors, cracks in your foundation, cracks in your basement walls, cracks in your garage, or cracks in your exterior can all mean the same thing: something is wrong. Cracks found anywhere in a home are an indicator that settling is going on in the foundation of your home. Do not be fooled by thinking that “settling is normal.” While this is true, it is very slight settling that is normal – not settling that results in cracks and the compromise of your home’s stability and integrity.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has been in business for over 85 years serving the greater Atlanta area with foundation repairs. Most of these repairs have centered on issues with lacking foundation support that has resulted in the impairment of a home’s structure.

With a New Year, it is important to remember that your home needs YOU to be its biggest asset. Walking around your home, inside and out, can save you tens of thousands of dollars. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we are here for you when you need us. But we are also here to remind you that simple steps that you take can help to make sure that you won’t need us!

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Keep Your Fireplace Safe!

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With winter finally here, cold temperatures are becoming a regular part of our days here in Georgia. Many people enjoy having a fire in the fireplace during the dark and cold winter evenings and nights as a way to keep warm and to cozy up for family time. However, a fireplace that is not safe can be a danger to your family and your home. It is important to take the time to inspect your fireplace on a regular basis, but especially when it is time for it to be used often.

The best tools you have to keep your fireplace safe are your eyes. Visual inspections of the inside and outside of your fireplace can help to ensure that your fireplace is in good shape. The following are things to check for:

  • Make sure the chimney cap is present and in good shape
  • No birds have made a nest or put debris in or on the cap
  • The mortar and brick are not crumbling
  • No tree limbs are above or near the chimney
  • Make sure the chimney rises at least two feet above the roof
  • The chimney is not leaning or tilting
  • The roof flashing is tight against the chimney
  • Gas logs, if used, need to be in good working condition and in the proper position
  • The hearth and firebox must have no cracks – this is a serious issue
  • With the fireplace off/un-lit, you should be able to look up the chimney and see daylight at the top
  • Check for signs of moisture inside the firebox

If you find that there are any issues with any of these, it is important that you have a professional fireplace and chimney inspection done. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs is the name that Atlanta trusts for exceptional repairs to sinking foundations, steps, porches, leaning chimneys, cracked basement walls, and more. We have the solution to your problems, and we are here to help keep your fireplace safe. With over 85 years of experience, our focus has been and remains to be on providing the best services with permanent solutions at the very best value. Call today.

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