Use Tuckpointing and Repointing to Extend the Life of Your Masonry

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.