What is the Difference Between Repointing and Tuckpointing?

Even though masonry is incredibly durable and efficient, it can eventually wear down and require repairs. Deteriorating mortar is a very common form of damage that inflicts masonry. Once you notice damaged mortar, it is time for masonry repair. But do you need repointing or tuckpointing? In the masonry industry, many people use those two words interchangeably, but they are different processes. Based on your unique masonry structure, tuckpointing or repointing may be better. In order to choose the best option, you must understand the differences. Read on to learn the difference between repointing and tuckpointing. 

Both repointing and tuckpointing involve digging out mortar joints and refilling them with new mortar. However, each process is slightly different. The actual process of removing damaged mortar joints and renewing them is repointing. Tuckpointing also requires filling in cleaned mortar joints, but it not only done in cases of damage. 

What is Tuckpointing?

Using two different mortar colors to fill the mortar joints. In tuckpointing, one color is used to match the bricks, and the second color is for the appearance of mortar joints. By sandwiching the colors in tuckpointing, you create the appearance of fine mortar joints. Tuckpointing was originally invented to imitate the aesthetic of rubbed brick, at a less expensive cost and is now used today in connection with repointing. 

What Is Repointing?

Repointing is the repair of damaged brick masonry. When the mortar is cracked or crumbled, you must use repointing to repair it. Repointing is the process used to clean damaged mortar and replace it to prevent any further damage. 

Which is Right for You?

Typically, tuckpointing is now used as part of the repointing process. While it is not required to tuckpoint and sandwich two colors for mortar joint repairs, it is now commonly done as part of repointing to ensure a more visually appealing result. 

Our experienced team at the Chimney & Masonry Outfitters of Nashville will repoint your masonry using tuckpointing techniques. Using tuckpointing to repoint your masonry, can handle any repair while improving the structural and visual integrity of your masonry. If you notice any damaged mortar, or are concerned about your masonry, it is time to get it checked out by an expert. Repair your masonry today to prevent more serious problems. Learn more about repointing and tuckpointing or schedule your consultation today by contacting us at (615) 823-8268, OFFICE@CMOUTFITTERS.COM, or through our website