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January 2014

What You Should know Before Re-pointing Brickwork Structures

Brick pointing has over the years been used to restore or repair joints of brickwork in buildings and other structures with cement or mortar. This is usually done to help maintain the originality of the brick masonry done on the building. Before pointing mortar on any structure or doing any kind of re-pointing repairs, it is important to understand problems that cause brickwork to deteriorate, how to identify and address underlying causes and the different types of pointing.

The most common problems that cause masonry or brickwork to deteriorate are damaged gutters and drain pipes, leaking plumbing and moisture damage from leaking roofs. Poor workmanship during the mixing of mortar and installation of brickwork can also cause problems. This often leads to the need for frequent restorations such as chimney pointing services from experts.

It is crucial to identify possible degrading of mortar or joinery before any brick pointing is done. This helps determine if the damage can be repaired or not. If the mortar has completely degraded, rebuilding of the entire section or structure may be required. Amount of restoration to be done is often determined by the degree to which the damage or degrading has penetrated.

Retaining brick wall structures or other restoration work can be done using different pointing techniques and styles. Flush pointing is a common finish used widely for restoring brickwork. Other types include struck and cut, weather struck, rounded, bucket, tucked and recessed pointing. Though this work may seem simple, it is tedious and highly technical. This is why hiring a professional brick pointing company is recommended.

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