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Straight Up Chicago Investor Podcast Episode 228: The Chicago Guide To Evaluating Brick Buildings

Proactive maintenance and regular inspections are essential for preventing water damage and ensuring the longevity of brick buildings.

The most common type of brick used in Chicago is the Chicago Common brick, a soft, red brick made from local clay. It was first produced in the late 1800s and remains popular today for its affordability and durability.

Key insights

🏢If you do not have a roofing maintenance program going on right now, then you should find a great roofing company that is going to get on your roof twice a year.

🏢Properly sealing and caulking the joints and openings in a brick building is crucial for maintaining its integrity and preventing water damage.

🧱Proactive maintenance is crucial in identifying signs of deterioration in brick buildings before they become major problems.

🏢Chimneys in brick buildings, especially older ones like the dreaded Chicago chimney, are prone to deterioration due to the lack of liners and improper capping, allowing moisture to enter and deteriorate the masonry.

🏢Eliminating unused chimneys can prevent water entry and potential damage to the building.

💰Hiring a third-party architect or engineer familiar with masonry restoration can ensure that the scope and budget for brick building maintenance are developed accurately, leading to successful completion of necessary work.

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Guest Info

  • Guest: Les O'Hara, North Shore Brickwork

  • Sponsors: North Shore Brickwork

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