How Long Does Tuckpointing Last

How Long Does Tuckpointing Last?

Lasting value is the key to any home-repair service. After all, no homeowner wants to constantly dip into their savings to cover home-maintenance costs. And that’s not to mention the hassle of dealing with crumbling bricks or damaged facades year in and year out. That’s why it’s important to determine how long certain services will last. Thankfully, tuckpointing –– the process of replacing damaged or eroded mortar in between bricks –– is a highly effective way to ensure the structural integrity of a home. To address today’s titular question: how long does tuckpointing last? In general, tuckpointing on a new brick building will last for about 25 years. There are a number of factors that can affect this estimate one way or another, and we’ll explore them here:

Climate

Moisture is the enemy of all brick buildings. Bricks are very solid, but they’re also porous, which means water can enter through their surface and eventually cause damage. Naturally, areas that receive a lot of rainfall are more susceptible to brick damage. Furthermore, an improper drainage system (including pipes underneath your home) could work to undermine your home’s brick exterior.

Tuckpointing vs Repointing

There are two distinct types of tuckpointing. The first, known as “repointing” or “spot” tuckpointing involves replacing the mortar only on a specific area of a brick wall. A full tuckpointing project, conversely, covers the entire brick wall. Repointing is perfect, then, for fixing small areas in your exterior that have been affected by the weather or other external force. By repointing strategically every now and again, homeowners can avoid potentially costly repairs.

Quality of Installation

Tuckpointing is a relatively straightforward process and you can do it yourself if so inclined. (To learn the basics of tuckpointing, click here.) However, it’s important to realize that the quality of installation will affect the value of the repairs. Amateurs who have little-to-no experience tuckpointing may be unable to do little more than supply a “band-aid” for a crumbling exterior. What’s more, homeowners should beware cut-rate contractors who use cheap mortar or shoddy tools. Slapdash brickwork will likely need to be corrected soon to prevent further deterioration.

What Happens if I Wait Too Long?

While tuckpointing is an inexpensive and efficient way to prolong the integrity of your brick home, other brick repair methods can be much more substantial. Indeed, bricks can last up to a hundred years if well-maintained, but if you notice bricks in your wall coming loose from their mortar joints, then it may be too late to tuckpoint. Instead, you could be facing a much more arduous task such as a total rebuild or brick replacement.

Final Thoughts

Brick homes –– like any other investment –– require upkeep to retain their value and appearance. The good news is that tuckpointing is a simple fix to many potential problems. Remember, don’t take your chances with just any brick repair service, though. Rather, contact the pros at Brickworks for all your tuckpointing needs. Our team has years of real-world experience, and we only use the highest quality products and tools. If you want the job done right, then call us today at (586) 330-4843.


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Solid Tuckpointing Vs. Spot Tuckpointing: Is There A Difference?

Though professional masons understand the difference between solid and spot tuckpointing, most homeowners probably don’t. (For the uninitiated: tuckpointing is the process of replacing old or worn mortar between bricks with new mortar mix.) After all, the distinction between the two may seem minor. However, knowing when to request solid tuckpointing vs spot tuckpointing could actually save you a considerable amount of money –– and spare you some major headaches. In layman’s terms, solid tuckpointing refers to the process of tuckpointing an entire wall, exterior, or building. Spot tuckpointing, conversely, involves only fixing a small area of a brick (or stone) fixture. Here we’ll explain the pros and cons of both, when it makes sense to spot tuckpoint, and when you should call a professional for solid tuckpointing assistance:

Spot Tuckpointing

Unsurprisingly, spot tuckpointing is a great way to deal with external damage on a wall. So, for instance, if something were to collide with the side of your home and knock a few bricks loose or cause a small divot in your wall, spot tuckpointing will help you make your exterior look good as new. In addition, spot tuckpointing may be required if a small section of your exterior is exposed to more wind, rain, and/or freezing temperatures than the rest of your home. Furthermore, individuals who are looking to sell their home and improve its appearance quickly may want to consider spot tuckpointing to spruce up any faded or cracked patches.

Solid Tuckpointing

Solid tuckpointing can act as a brick-repair method and a practice to prevent brick deterioration in the first place. Most experts recommend solid tuckpointing on new brick homes after roughly 20-25 years (depending on weather and several other factors). However, as a brick home ages, you may need to tuckpoint more often to maintain the integrity of a wall. It’s also best to choose solid tuckpointing if you’re looking to enhance the overall appearance of your home. Lastly, if you’re concerned about potential long-term foundational issues, then solid tuckpointing is the way to go.

Spot vs Solid Tuckpointing DIY

As we covered in a previous blog, it is possible to tuckpoint on your own. And dedicated homeowners can indeed spot tuckpoint to positive effect. However, solid tuckpointing is a time-and-labor intense project that is better left to the professionals. In addition, messing up while spot tuckpointing can contribute to discolorations and inconsistent blotches in brick exteriors, as well as the potential for further cracks and damage.

Contact a Professional

Brick homes are classic and durable, and a little maintenance will go a long way to protecting your house for years to come. So don’t put off vital upkeep like tuckpointing if your home is overdue for a “check-up.” Remember, when you partner with Brickworks Property Restoration, we’ll make certain that your tuckpointing project goes as smoothly as possible –– in terms of both aesthetics and structure. Don’t wait to address a potential problem with your home’s facade –– call us today at (586) 330-4920!


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Tuckpointing 101: The Basics

Brick homes are beautiful, classic, and structurally stout. Yet, brick structures do require upkeep in order to maintain their integrity and vibrant appearance. Tuckpointing is one of the simplest, but most effective ways to ensure the quality of brick walls and facades. What is tuckpointing? Tuckpointing is the process of removing old, deteriorated mortar from in between bricks, and replacing it with new mortar. Here, we’ll explain everything you need to know about this essential maintenance procedure and answer a few FAQs as well:

How Often is Tuckpointing Required?

The great news about tuckpointing is that, when done correctly, you won’t have to worry about replacing mortar again for decades. Typically, experts recommend that homeowners tuckpoint every 20-25 years. It’s worth noting that tuckpointing won’t last quite as long as an original application of mortar. Other factors that could influence how long mortar lasts include the climate (specifically how wet or cold an environment is), the color of the brick, and quality of the mortar application. You can tell if you need tuckpointing done by running a sharp surface along mortar joints. If that produces a fine powder, then your home could need tuckpointing. Loose bricks will also indicate that it’s time to tuckpoint.

Why Should I Tuckpoint?

Tuckpointing serves two critical purposes. First, tuckpointing when necessary will restore the structural integrity of brick facades that would otherwise deteriorate over time. Neglecting to tuckpoint could lead to structural damage and expensive repair costs. Secondly, professional tuckpointing enhances the appearance of brick walls and chimneys.

Tuckpointing DIY Tips

If so inclined, homeowners can choose to tuckpoint their own houses. To do so, you’ll need (at least) the following equipment to get started:

  • An angle or tuckpoint-specific grinder
  • Chisel
  • Tuckpointer blade
  • Hammer
  • Hammer Drill
  • Mortar Gun
  • Trowel
  • Safety Goggles
  • Earplugs
  • Hose
  • Brush
  • Mortar mix

To begin, you’ll want to use the angle grinder to grind away at both the horizontal and vertical joints along the brick surface. Next, use a rotary hammer drill to remove the remaining mortar. You can also use a chisel to chip away at any left over flakes. Brush the joints down and wash them with water. From there, you can apply new mortar to the joints with a trowel and tuckpointer blade. Lastly, after waiting around a half hour, smooth out the mortar and brush away any debris. (Note that this is not a step-by-step breakdown of the tuckpointing process, but rather a quick overview.)

Benefits to Professional Tuckpointing

While it may be tempting to try and tuckpoint parts of your home by yourself, it’s often a better idea to simply contact a professional to perform this task. Tuckpointing requires special equipment and a fine attention to detail. It’s easy for untrained individuals to accidentally chip or damage bricks when removing old mortar. What’s more, an improperly tuckpointed wall will probably require more future work (and time and money) than one tuckpointed by a professional. Lastly, professionals understand how to tuckpoint facades and restore the surface to its original quality and color. Ameatuer tuckpointing jobs may appear inconsistent by comparison.  

Final Thoughts

Need help tuckpointing your home? Then don’t hesitate to contact us here at (586) 330-4843. At Brickworks, we strive to provide excellent service for all of your home-improvement and masonry needs. We’ll work with you to deliver a cost-effective solution that will protect both your exterior walls and the natural beauty of your brick home!


Use Tuckpointing and Repointing to Extend the Life of Your Masonry

Brickworks Property Restoration can extend the life of your home’s masonry.  Like all materials that are exposed to the elements, masonry is also vulnerable to degradation.  However, with proper maintenance, and by employing the processes that we have experience and expertise in using, your brickwork will last a very long time.  We understand that masonry work can be expensive, and that is why we have developed the expertise that is necessary to minimize the cost to you.  We can help extend the life of your masonry work by employing proper maintenance techniques.

What is Tuckpointing and Repointing?

So what are the proper maintenance techniques for masonry work?  We recommend the tuckpointing and repointing processes.  Here is a little more information about each technique.

Tuckpointing is a method of using two contrasting colors of mortar in the joints of brickwork, with one color matching the bricks to give an impression that extremely fine joints have been made.  Tuckpointing is the art of finishing the mortar joints in exposed brick or stone masonry with suitable cement or lime mortar, which protects the joints from the effects of weather.  It also improves the esthetic appeal of the structure.

Repointing is the process of renewing the pointing, which is the external part of mortar joints, in masonry construction. Over time, weathering and decay can create voids in masonry unit joints, which allows water and moisture to penetrate the masonry.  This occurs most often in brick masonry.  Water can do severe damage to masonry.  Tuckpointing and repointing restore masonry to a state that resists penetration by water.

The process includes removing the mortar that has been compromised by the elements from the masonry joints and installing new mortar. When installed properly, tuckpointing and repointing will prevent expensive repairs and foundation damage from occurring.

There are some easy ways to determine if your masonry work needs our attention.  You may notice:

  • Gaps forming between the masonry and the mortar
  • New cracks in the mortar
  • Bricks or stone in the structure have loosened
  • Puddling or dampness on the masonry structure
  • Water has infiltrated interior walls

Masonry Repair Services

If you notice any of the signs listed above, your masonry structure may be at risk. Brickworks Property Restoration will help restore your masonry structure to full structural integrity.  We have worked hard to establish a reputation for professionalism and trustworthiness.  If your masonry is in any state of deterioration, give us a call at 586-868-3234 and we will be happy to serve you.


What Is Tuckpointing?

While the bricks on your chimney can last as long as a century, the mortar that is used to connect the bricks has a much shorter lifespan.  Tuckpointing is a repair technique that can be used to strengthen and repair the mortar that deteriorates over time in order to prevent your chimney from being compromised, or even worse, collapsing.  Brickworks Property Restoration can complete necessary chimney repair on your home - our tuckpointing services will extend the life of your mortar so that you can be confident that your chimney will be strong for many years to come. Tuckpointing can extend the life of your chimney system in a variety of different ways.

Benefits of Tuckpointing

Brickworks Property Restoration can complete all types of tuckpointing.  Whether you simply need cracks and holes filled in your mortar, or if you need us to grind out existing mortar and refill it, we can help.  The benefits of periodic tuckpointing of your chimney include:

  • Increasing the value of your home
  • Restoring your home’s natural beauty
  • Preventing additional mortar damage
  • Protecting your home against storm and other weather damage
  • Reducing risk of moisture penetrating and getting inside your chimney system
  • Preserving and restoring the integrity of chimney and old brickwork
  • Tuckpointing is less expensive than a complete chimney rebuild

Why Choose Brickworks Property Restoration for Tuckpointing?

Now is a great time to have your chimney tuckpointed during the warmer months, before another harsh winter approaches. The team at Brickworks Property Restoration works all year round and has openings available for a tuckpointing job immediately.  We offer free tuckpointing consultations.  Our trained and experienced masonry professionals can assess your home’s chimney and give you a detailed assessment of weak areas and our recommendation for tuckpointing.

The Brickworks Property Restoration crew takes pride in our work and guarantees your satisfaction in our tuckpointing services.  We will not leave any mortar on your brick, we use diamond blade grinders so we will not affect surrounding brick, and we can match mortar to your existing mortar to maintain aesthetic appeal. In addition, we make all of our own mortar right in our shop so we can guarantee that it is high quality and will last for many years.  Our prices are affordable and our crew is professional, courteous and respectful of your time. For more information about our tuckpointing services or to schedule a time for our crew to come to your home, call us today at (586) 868-3234.


How Tuckpointing Repairs Mortar Joints: Brick Repair MI

Brick siding is very low maintenance. The bricks themselves can last a lifetime with very little maintenance. The mortar in between the bricks is another story though. It is not made to be as strong as the bricks, and it can start to crack in 10-20 years. Thankfully, there is a simple process that can repair and replace mortar joints without disrupting the bricks.

In this guide, we will take a closer look at tuckpointing mortar joints and how you can benefit from this process.

What Is Tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is the process of removing the surface-level mortar around your brick and replacing it with new mortar. This strengthens the support around the bricks so they do not get damaged later on. Tuckpointing will also make your brick siding look fresh and new, which will enhance your curb appeal and increase your home's resale value.

When Is The Right Time To Get Mortar Tuckpointed?

If you start to see cracks along your mortar, you may want to get it inspected. There is a simple test you can do to tell how structurally sound your mortar is. Run a key along the mortar and see if any powder comes up. If the mortar is still in good condition, a key will not be strong enough to flake it off. If there is powder visible, you can contact Brickworks Property Restoration in Michigan for a free quote for tuckpointing.

Can I Do The Tuckpointing Myself?

Tuckpointing is a specialized process that takes extensive training to get right. We fully support homeowners who like to be hands on, but this is a task that is best left up to the professionals. You have to be careful about how you approach this process so you do not damage the brick or remove too much of the existing mortar. If you go about it the wrong way, you could have a much larger repair bill on your hands.

What Happens If I Don't Tuckpoint?

If you choose not to get tuckpointing, moisture will start to get trapped around your bricks. This will create damage on the bricks themselves and create a bigger problem to repair. When tuckpointing is done correctly, it creates a moisture shield that protects the bricks and your home as a whole. This is yet another reason why it's important to trust the pros, so you can get professional-grade mortar to protect your exterior siding.

Contact Brickworks Property Restoration to learn more about our tuckpointing services in Michigan.


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How Tuckpointing Can Improve The Life Of Your Chimney

Tuckpointing is a process in which the mortar on your chimney is repaired or replaced. The bricks on your chimney are made to last a lifetime, but the mortar tends to get damaged much sooner than that. This damage can hurt the entire structure of your chimney, which can lead to some hefty costs in the long run. Rather than letting this problem get out of hand, you can use tuckpointing to improve the life of your chimney and save yourself money at the same time. Here's how.

How Tuckpointing Works

Tuckpointing Brick Repair After PictureIn tuckpointing, professional masonry contractors will grind down the existing mortar between your bricks and replace it with clean, color-matched mortar. The mortar is inserted in a way that blends seamlessly with the mortar on the rest of your home, and not of it is left on the brickwork. Think of this like re-caulking your windows once they start to leak. The process is relatively the same, but this one is a little more complex in the end. No matter what, you will get new mortar that looks great and functions much better than the old mortar.

Unexpected Benefits Of Tuckpointing

Tuckpointing isn't just meant to extend the life of your chimney, even though that is its primary goal. This process can also act as insulation from your home by keeping out wind that flies in through the chimney. Furthermore, tuckpointing can reduce the amount of bugs that make their way into your home because there are fewer cracks for those critters to crawl through. This process will even benefit you in the winter when you use your fireplace because it will help direct the smoke where you want it to go. The benefits keep going from there.

When Should You Invest In Tuckpointing?

If you can see visible cracks in your mortar, it's time to look into tuckpointing. You may also want to schedule an inspection for your chimney if your home is old or it has recently suffered some sort of structural damage. A lot of times there are issues in the mortar that you might not be able to see from the ground. Upon closer inspection though, a masonry contractor will be able to let you know if it is time for tuckpointing or not. Spend your money on the right maintenance early on, and you won't have to worry about big expenses in the future.