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BRICK TUCK-POINTING

Brick tuckpointing, also known as repointing, is composed of two main steps. The first step is the process of grinding the mortar joints at least 1” or deeper. After the joints are ground down, we apply new mortar which will bond to the existing. Some companies cut corners by skim coating new mortar over the old, but this does fix the problem because there is not enough space to allow the new mortar to bond properly, and it will fall out in a few years. We use best practices and take the time to grind out each joint that is getting repaired 1” or more deep before tuckpointing to allow the new mortar to bond correctly.

After the grinding process is complete, Force Masonry takes the appropriate measures to clean the joints out, which could mean blowing them out or hosing them out so that the new mortar is able to grab onto the brick and only the brick. We make sure there is no excess dust left behind to create a slip or loose bond. It is common to not realize how important it is to have a sealed mortar joint with no holes of voids. The smallest void can allow water in and create cracked, crumbling, and broken brick in the future.

What are the causes for brick repair? Well, there are actually a few things. The #1 enemy of all masonry is water. Now, there are of course other issues that could be at play such as a settling problem in the structure of the home, or a foreign object such as a car hitting your brick wall that could be cause for the repair, but the biggest enemy is always water. Things to look for are dark spots in your mortar joints, noticeably darker brick in some areas, green moss, cracked brick, crumbling brick, and even holes in the brick. We take pride in our work and want to provide you with cost effective solutions that make it look as though the home never had a repair.

This means we use products like coloring agents for the mortar to help match the existing mortar. We can also give it an aged look too. Brick matches are important because a lot of brick styles are no longer manufactured, but we will do our best to locate your brick from leftover inventory from various places. If your specific brick cannot be found, we will provide samples to compare alongside your existing brick to make sure the best choice is made to match your existing brick as closely as possible. If the brick wall is damaged from settling, and most of the brick are still in good condition, we can sometimes clean the removed brick and reuse them. Our tuckpointing services will provide you with peace of mind knowing your home is safe and restored.

Brick tuckpointing, also known as repointing, is composed of two main steps. The first step is the process of grinding the mortar joints at least 1” or deeper. After the joints are ground down, we apply new mortar which will bond to the existing. Some companies cut corners by skim coating new mortar over the old, but this does fix the problem because there is not enough space to allow the new mortar to bond properly, and it will fall out in a few years. We use best practices and take the time to grind out each joint that is getting repaired 1” or more deep before tuckpointing to allow the new mortar to bond correctly.

After the grinding process is complete, Force Masonry takes the appropriate measures to clean the joints out, which could mean blowing them out or hosing them out so that the new mortar is able to grab onto the brick and only the brick. We make sure there is no excess dust left behind to create a slip or loose bond. It is common to not realize how important it is to have a sealed mortar joint with no holes of voids. The smallest void can allow water in and create cracked, crumbling, and broken brick in the future.

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