HOW IS TUCKPOINTING ACHIEVED?
Tuckpointing is a precise, intensive process that involves removing and replacing crumbling and missing mortar between stones, blocks and bricks. This prevents further deterioration due to moisture penetrating the failing joints and compromising the whole structure. Tuckpointing may seem a straightforward task but it is one that demands a high level of skill on the part of the professional tuckpointers involved.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO TUCKPOINT A MEDIUM-SIZED HOUSE?
Depending on the extent of the restoration work required, usually, works are completed in one to two weeks.
WHAT IS REPOINTING?
Repointing is the procedure of filling in the joints between the bricks with new mortar as a result of deterioration or erosion. There are many colors and 5 different joint finishes to choose from.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO REPOINT?
The mortar will be crumbling or have already fallen out. You may also have noticed some structural defects or water damage. You may also see sand build up at the base of the wall.
WILL THE NEW MORTAR COLOUR MATCH THE EXISTING REMAINING MORTAR?
The tradesman at Brick and Mortar Restoration are experts at matching the existing colour of the mortar. We use different colour oxides mixed with the cement to match your mortar colour as close as possible. Unfortunately it is sometimes impossible to match the mortar exactly, however, our tradesman will match it as close as possible.
CAN I STILL LIVE IN THE HOUSE WHILE THE WORK IS BEING DONE?
In most cases, you are able to stay in your house whilst the work is being carried out. At the time of our inspection, we can discuss options to limit the inconvenience to you and your family.
WILL THE WORK BE DUSTY?
Our work is generally very dusty in nature due to the grinding required. Our trades will use dust extraction equipment were practical. We will discuss any potential issues at the time of our inspection.
CAN YOU REMOVE PAINT FROM BRICKWORK?
Some people use high-pressure water or sandblasting to remove the paint which normally damages the face of the brick. At Brick and Mortar Restoration we have developed a process that has been fine-tuned over many years that will remove the paint without harming the brick.
CAN YOU ENSURE PAINT REMOVAL WILL NOT DAMAGE THE BRICKS?
We will do a test sample area at the time of quoting, this will be our reference point for the paint removal. We will then ensure all removal is executed to that same sample. Some minor damage is inevitable however we can repair this as part of the repair process.