Brick is one of the defining elements of the classic Chicago bungalow. But over the years, dirt and mildew can build up on the surface of the brick, reducing its appeal. Brick cleaning can return your Chicago bungalow to its original glory while protecting the bricks from invasive growths like moss and ivy. Brick cleaning is not a job for a handyman or homeowner. Brick cleaning or brick power washing is far more involved than cleaning houses with traditional wood or vinyl siding. High pressure and professional strength pressure cleaners for brick and mortar are required in order to remove dirt and stains embedded into the pores, joints and cavities of the brick. You can avoid risking potential damage to the brick, or yourself, when you hire Shamrock Tuckpointing to power wash your brick. Call or email us for a free estimate.

Chimneys are a common source of water leaks. Chimney repair doesn’t have to be a major undertaking if you catch problems early.

Check your chimney regularly for loose, missing, cracked or damaged flashings — the sheet metal that keeps the intersection between the chimney and roof watertight. Deteriorated flashings should be replaced.  If the flashing looks to be in good condition, recaulking should take care of the problem. However, caulk is not a substitute for flashing materials that do not overlap properly.

Also closely inspect the chimney’s brick and mortar joints for signs of wear. To avoid major chimney rebuilds make minor chimney repairs as soon as problems  rise.

Call us for a free estimate on chimney repairs, tuckpointing or caulking.

Shamrock Tuckpointing has announced 10 percent discount on chimney rebuilds scheduled before April 15, 2011. Contact Shamrock Tuckpointing today to schedule a free estimate.

A new website from Shamrock Tuckpointing is designed to educate building owners about preventative maintenance for their brick and identify common sources of problems. With one click, customers can call, email or complete a form to get an estimate.

Key features of the site are:

  • Mobile friendly navigation
  • Brick Blog
  • Galleries of commercial and residential projects
  • Click to call phone number
  • Option to email or submit form to request a quote

“We know customers are going online to find contractors and we want to provide as much information as we can to help building owners make decisions about their brick maintenance,” said owner John Gallagher.

Shamrock Tuckpointing, located in Alsip, Ill., has been serving the Chicago metra area for more than 30 years. Services include tuckpointing, chimney repair, lintel repair and caulking and sealing.





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About the Owner


John Gallagher

John Gallagher learned the craft of tuckpointing while in his late teens. His father, a first generation Irish immigrant and construction worker, encouraged his son’s entrepreneurial spirit. John earned a business degree from Loras College, and soon afterward he founded Shamrock Tuckpointing.

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