In order for masonry to maintain its aesthetic and structural value, it must be properly cared for. This means staying on top of maintenance and addressing any repairs as soon as possible. Damaged mortar is a serious concern that can lead to irreparable damage to your entire mason structure. Repointing, or tuckpointing, is a process used to replace or repair mortar that is used in severe cases of damage. Repointing is an extensive process and one of the more expensive masonry repairs. However, should your structure suffer from damaged mortar, it will be necessary to repoint your brick.
What is Repointing?
Repointing is the repair or replacement of mortar joints on brick masonry. The process involves removing any damaged mortar, then thoroughly cleaning the joint. Next, brick-colored mortar is filled into routed grooves. Then you must remove thin strips in the red mortar to form grooves. Lastly, fill in any grooves with mortar that matches the original mortar. While the process may not sound too difficult, it is actually incredibly difficult and should be left up to a professional mason like the Chimney & Masonry Outfitters of Nashville.
When You Need to Repoint Brick
Damaged, deteriorating mortar threatens the integrity of your masonry structure, and can lead to very serious complications when not addressed. Repointing is the best solution for fixing deteriorating mortar. Signs you need repointing include:
- Damage centralized to mortar joints.
- Cracks or gaps between the bricks.
- Mortar crumbling.
- Hairline cracks in the mortar.
- 6mm or more of mortar erosion.
Repointing the brick restores the structural integrity of your masonry, protecting it from future damage and ensuring its stability. You can completely bring your masonry back to life with professional repointing. This cost-effective repair solution increases the value of your home in the long run by protecting the beauty and stability of your masonry.
In order to be effective, repointing must be done by an experienced mason. When homeowners attempt their own repointing, they often end up with miscolored mortar that does not match the original structure and an unstable repair. The team at Chimney & Masonry Outfitters has extensive masonry experience and is ready to help you with your repointing. We will determine which masonry repair technique is best for your home, and restore the beauty of your masonry structures. For the best quality and care masonry maintenance and repairs, give us a call at (615) 823-8268, email us at, OFFICE@CMOUTFITTERS.COM, or visit our website HERE.