All posts by John Anglin

Who are you going to call? Anglin’s

oldhouseA bit too late for that.

We thought we could fix anything but a broken heart (which we are working on) but we were wrong! Some things even we cannot repair.

My wife and I were traveling in our RV on the East Coast of Maine near Bar Harbor, when we sighted this interesting old house. We turned our RV around and stopped. I got out my Nikon digital camera and shot some photos and videos. ‘What a waste,’ I thought.

Old houses are almost as precious as “old dogs and children and watermelon wine.” They should not be neglected.

Thankfully, all is not lost. This old house still holds meaning, merit and value. Makers of unique, custom hand-crafted antique furniture love to take old houses like this – along with old barns, buildings and structures of any kind – and salvage the usable wood.

They salvage aged barn wood, siding, rafters, floor joists, wood beams, posts and other pieces of lumber. Then they clean and preserve the wood before handcrafting it into beautiful pieces of furniture.

One of these companies is Green Gables Furniture. My wife and I have purchased several of their custom hand-crafted furniture pieces. We love it!

Green Gables Furniture can take ‘disasters about to happen’ like the building pictured above and transform deterioration into fresh, new creations.

Anglin’s may not be able to compete with Mother Nature, but when given early warnings of structural problems or failures, we have solutions designed to work for almost any structure.

Don’t let your home deteriorate, we’re specialists at restoring buildings to safety and soundness.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

Bowed Basement Walls

Atlanta GA Basement Wall Repair ContractorsUnstable soil is a home’s worst enemy. Expansive clay and improperly compacted fill can leave foundations unevenly supported, triggering settlement and cracking of the basement. One common problem associated with poor construction or soil pressure for load bearing basement walls is that they will bow inward or outward. Not only can this devalue a home, but it can also be a safety concern for all family members or guests of the home. At Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry Repairs, we have been providing experienced professional basement wall repairs and foundation repairs in Atlanta since 1930. Our name has become synonymous with correcting all foundation issues, and we bring a lifetime of structural and masonry experience to every job, guaranteed.

When basements begin to show signs of foundational issues, the entire home is very close to having major structural problems. It is important to have any issue with your basement addressed immediately to avoid cracks and damage in the interior wood framing of your house or damage to the exterior brick, stone, or siding. The longer foundational issues exist, the more costly the repairs will become because they will continue to expand and affect multiple areas. Failure to correct these issues can threaten the entire structural integrity of your home. Fortunately, it is possible to rescue settled foundations and basement walls, and Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry Repairs is the name to trust. We can handle any type of basement foundation repair, and we have been doing so for over 85 years.

If you have noticed any signs of settling in your basement, please contact Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry Repair today. We offer free inspections, and we guarantee to fix your foundation problems for life. Your home is your largest investment, and we are here to help you protect your investment for years and years to come.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

Stabilizing Foundations with Resistance Piers

Marietta GA Foundation Repair ContractorsSettlement issues in the foundation of a home or commercial property must be dealt with in a timely, effective, and safe manner. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has been serving home owners and business owners in Atlanta since 1930 as a full service foundation repair contractor. We have the knowledge, expertise, and experience needed to stabilize your foundation right, the first time. We use only the highest quality materials, and we use methods that have proven successful for repairing foundations. We do not take shortcuts because your home, your business, and all who enter through your doors are much too important. You can put your trust in the experts from Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs to ensure that your home or commercial structure rests on a solid foundation that will last for many years to come.

Resistance piers (also called push piers or hydraulically driven piers) utilize high strength steel tube sections and a load transfer bracket to stabilize and/or lift sinking or settling foundations. At Anglin’s we developed our own proprietary system to connect the bracket to the foundation without drilling into the concrete foundation. Drilling into the concrete can cause further damage and compromise the foundation by adding cracks to the foundation. Our method prevents any damage to the footing or foundation, and our company – which has been around for 85 years, guarantees it.

Many times home owners and business owners do not know that they have a foundation settlement issue because there are no visible signs, and when there are visible signs that could mean a very lengthy and expensive repair. If you would like to schedule a free inspection and quote for your home or commercial structure, please contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today. We are the expert foundation repair services in Atlanta, and we are here to faithfully serve you.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

We Fix It For LIFE!

Marietta GA Chimney Repair Company

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs our motto is, “We fix it for life the first time.” These days it is hard to find a guarantee on most things. Whether it’s your expensive cell phone, car repair, or a brand new pair of shoes – most things just aren’t guaranteed like they used to be. Well, that is not the case at Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs here in Atlanta. For the last 85 years we have guaranteed the service and work that we provide our customers, and we have no intention of taking that guarantee away. Our reputation rests upon the quality of work that we provide, and we refuse to provide anything less than the very best.

Here at Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs we offer a wide variety of services to customers in the greater Atlanta area. We repair leaning and falling chimneys, cracked basement walls, compromised foundations, front steps that are separating from the home, back porches and decks that are not stable, falling retaining walls, and many more residential and commercial issues. With our years of experience we know that plumb, straight, and level are the essential necessities for all structures. It is unfortunate, but many builders do not take the time to thoroughly stabilize the foundation of a home or its surrounding structures. That, on top of the temperamental soil of the south, is a dangerous combination that can compromise the integrity of an entire home.

John L. Anglin puts his name on the line each and every time his company makes a repair. He is never satisfied with a halfway job because that does not fit in with the promise of his company. We are sorry that you have structural foundation problems, but Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has the solution. Our focus is on providing our customers with the best permanent services. At Anglin’s, we fix it for life the first time. Call us today.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

Front Porch Settling Repair

Sinking Steps Reapir Contractors in Atlanta GeorgiaThe front porch is supposed to be an inviting space where guests feel welcomed into your home. However, a front porch that is settling may seem like an unsafe area that is anything but attractive and welcoming. Just like a home’s foundation, front porches and stairs are susceptible to settling over time. This is typical when the soil on which they are built is disturbed from weather or construction. While there are DIY videos on YouTube that claim to offer advice and a video tutorial on how to fix a front porch that has settled, it is best left to the experts. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair, we are here to help homeowners and commercial property owners correct damage done by settling.

As with any type of foundational issue, if your front porch is sinking or pulling away from your home it is imperative that you have it repaired as soon as possible. For one, steps that pull away from the front porch are unsightly and will significantly lower the value of your home. Secondly, the liabilities associated with foundational issues of the home are typically on the homeowner. Therefore, if someone is injured due to the instability or unevenness of the front porch, an unfortunate turn of events may occur. The most common cause of front porch settling is poorly compacted soil during the building stage of your home or property. As time goes by, soil will compact itself due to rain and other outdoor forces. If this unprepared for settlement occurs, the porch it self will begin to fall.

Having a beautiful home starts from the outside. An attractive and fully functional front porch is great for the value of your home and invites others inside. If your front porch is settling and is in need of repair, please call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair today. We have been in business since 1930, and we have built our company with integrity from day one. We have been repairing homes for decades, and we have the solution to your problems.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

Bay Window Repair

Bay Window Repair Contractors Atlanta GABay windows are often a focal point in a home. They offer a great deal of natural light in any room, and customized bay windows often have window seats to make them cozy places for reading or watching nature. However, because these windows are very large, they are often extremely susceptible to settling or structural problems. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs in Atlanta, Georgia, we have been helping home owners since 1930 by repairing bay window structures, sagging window frames, and windows that have become jammed due to structural problems or settling. We are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality bay window repair that is done correctly the first time.

Structural problems in a home can cause many issues. One of the signs that structural damage has occurred in a home is that windows are “impossible” to open or close. This problem is generally caused by sagging walls and/or settling foundations. While some settling is normal for any large structure, settling that causes apparent damage to a home indicates that erosion or other issues exist around or within the home. Bay windows are incredibly heavy, and without the necessary support to hold the weight of the window in place, an enormous amount of damage can occur.

Let the experts at Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs take care of your bay window repair. We have helped hundreds of Atlanta residents resolve window problems by correcting settling problems. Our experienced contractors have the experience and expertise to correct foundation settling problems and/or install the necessary framing support for a heavy bay window. Choose Anglin’s to ensure that your window repair is done right.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

Tie Backs and Sea Wall Anchors

Helical tie backs and sea wall anchorsMarietta GA Tie Backs and Sea Walls Anchors are designed to straighten or strengthen basement and retaining walls. When these foundation components fail to do their jobs, it allows for brick walls to lean, fall, and break apart. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, our masonry experts are highly experienced in diagnosing and repairing problems with these specialty masonry apparatuses.

Tie backs are installed in order to support new retaining walls or to strengthen retaining walls that have begun to bow. Tie back anchors’ size and load requirements are specific to each job and must be chosen with the correct engineering specifications needed. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we know the specifics of how tie backs function and what support they will add to a basement or retaining wall for years to come.

Bowed or leaning basement walls or retaining walls can cause major damage to a home. In fact, some damage can become so severe that walls may completely collapse if the proper method of repair is not done. If you have a wall anywhere on your home property that is leaning or bowing, it is time to call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs. We have built our name of excellence for over 85 years, and we have no intention of ever changing that reputation. We have seen fads in the industry come and go, and we stick to the experience and knowledge that has proven effective for all of these years. We will provide an extensive list of references that will prove that we are the name to trust.

For any and all of your foundation or masonry repair needs, Anglin is the name you need to know.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

Chimney Repair Services

Chimney Repair Contractors in Marietta GAChimney issues are a common concern among many homeowners. From tilting, leaning, cracked, and falling chimneys, proper assessment and repair is necessary to prevent serious damage and injury. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair, we have repaired thousands of chimneys throughout the greater Atlanta area. With have over 80 years of experience repairing chimneys, and we have the expert knowledge and masonry skills to properly complete structural chimney repair projects. We are committed to providing our customers with a restored, straight, and properly aligned chimney to eliminate threats of it falling.

Some chimneys are metal frames that are surrounded by wood framing and enclosed with siding, while others are true masonry chimneys made with brick or stone. Masonry chimneys are subject to serious issues when their foundations are not on a solid footing. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair we have the experience and know-how to repair the issue from the ground up. We do not simply “patch” a problem, but correct all issues at their source. We know that doing a small repair on a chimney can lead to big problems in the future. Failing to hire a professional for chimney foundation work can lead to the loss of your entire chimney. And a falling chimney can kill people, pets, and cause an enormous amount of damage to surrounding property. There are special needs with each chimney repair, and Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair will assess each project as an individual project. There are no “one size fits all” solutions, and we would not offer them even if there were.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair has earned our reputation as the leader in foundation and masonry repairs for the last 80 years. We offer free chimney inspections and free quotes on the cost to repair your chimney problems. Do not wait until a catastrophe hits – take the initiative to correct your chimney today.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

But the Inspector Says Those Cracks are Normal

Atlanta Home Foundation RepairWe hear it over and over again, customers meeting with our team of experts who tell us, “Well, our inspector says that those cracks in the brick are normal and just to watch them.” And our response will be, “You can repair them, or you can watch them do serious damage to your home.”

At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair, we have been in business for 85 years for a reason: we do not take shortcuts. Everyone on our team is an expert in foundations and masonry, and we know that when outside walls of a home begin to crack time is of the essence. Home foundations in the South are very susceptible to problems with settling. Take the winter we are in right now in 2015 – we go from days in the mid to upper 60s followed by days in the mid to upper 20s. This drastic temperature change that can occur within the same week allows soil to expand and contract considerably in a very short amount of time. Dynamic soil movements can cause unacceptable home foundation problems, especially when homes have any type of structural foundation design problems. Track builders tend to throw houses up at an incredibly fast rate here in the Atlanta area. This short time span does not allow always for proper curing of the foundation walls in conjunction with the expansion and constricting of the soil.

If you see any cracks in the outside walls of your home, please call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs today. Sure, there’s a chance that your inspector is right and those cracks are normal. However, the majority of the time that is not the case. We offer free quotes to our customers and we guarantee everything that we do. We are not focused on how much work we will be doing at your home in order to make money. Our focus is on providing you with the best services with permanent solutions at the very best value. Those cracks in your brick signify something. Let the experts in foundations and masonry make the call.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+

Spalling Bricks

Atlanta Brick RepairsSpalling is the crumbling or flaking of bricks from a home or building. Spalling is typically caused by water damage during cold months, and it can cause extreme damage to a structure. It may be hard to believe, but water plays a very large role in many masonry issues. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs we have the reputation of experience and quality to support our business for more than 80 years. Left unrepaired, spalling bricks not only deteriorate the value of a home or building, but it can also threaten the structural integrity of a structure. You can trust John Anglin and his qualified team of masonry repair specialists to fix your spalling issues.

During cold weather, water that comes into contact with brick is not absorbed in the air. Because this water does not evaporate into the air, it can freeze against bricks. Water that freezes against brick will damage the brick due to the way water molecules expand when they freeze. As the water molecules expand, parts of the brick will begin to chip away and fall off. Repetitive cycles of this freezing cycle will compromise the structure of the bricks and can cause considerable damage. Once the outside surface of bricks chips and falls away, the entire masonry can deteriorate very rapidly. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, we offer expert brick repair and masonry repair services. We can patch, repoint, repair, and replace damaged bricks in order to repair the outer walls of a structure. It may seem like common sense, but repairing bricks ultimately repairs the entire home or building. Bricks surround a foundation; once the foundation is compromised, serious (and expensive) damage can occur.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has been serving the residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas since 1930. We continue to stand behind our repair work with a lifetime warranty. For more information about our services or to schedule an inspection, contact our Masonry Repair Contractors today. We look forward to working with you.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

Circle Us on Google+