The exterior brickwork on your property is the most visible aspect, but it is not always easy to notice when you should have it repointed or replaced. The thing to note is that repointing your masonry may seem like it may just be addressing an aesthetic issue, however a lot of people may not fully understand that when the mortar starts to fail on your property it may also cause fundamental and structural damage.
Signs that your mortar is beginning to fail include:
- Cracks or missing mortar
- Gaps that begin to appear between the bricks and mortar
- Damp spots on the bricks
- Water penetration from the brick walls to the interior walls of your property
At the first sign of any of these issues it is critical to begin thinking about replacing or repairing the mortar to avoid further damage to your structure and to avoid expensive unnecessary repairs in the future.
Our process of repointing bricks includes matching the mortar to the existing mortar in the property. While matching the color of the mortar seems like it might be the most basic component, it is important to understand the attention to detail needed when it comes to doing it properly. It is not so simple as to just match the color, however the physical properties of the mortar itself must be matched which includes the hardness of the mortar, texture and permeability. First we grind out the existing damaged mortar to approximately half an inch, acid and power-wash the bricks, and then install new mortar. When done properly brick repointing will last at least 50 years, depending on environmental conditions. With that being said we fully stand by our quality of work and guarantee any job that we do.
If you are unsure whether or not your property is in need of having pointing done, give us a call for a free consultation.
Tuck pointing and brick pointing are two terms that are erroneously used interchangeably in America. Our company offers true tuck pointing services that were first originated in England during the 18th century and is largely a lost art in the modern age. The proper way to do a tuck point involves using two different colors of mortar to create a joint between the brick. One color closely matches the color of the existing brick, while the second color uses lime based mortar. This creates the illusion of a much smaller joint and is often used to imitate the look of a high end brick style called rubbed bricks. Tuck pointing is a method which is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, therefore increasing the value of your property.
Tuck pointing is a premium service not offered by many contractors in the true traditional sense of the terminology. Contact us today to find out if this service is right for you.
The longer you own your property, you may begin to notice certain areas in your brickwork where mortar is cracking, coming apart or visible holes present between the brickwork. They may not be significant enough where you may have to repoint the whole wall. This minor damage may be present within different areas of the brickwork and not necessarily concentrated on one wall. At this point it is important to address these issues to avoid having to do a major repointing project in the future. Spot pointing addresses this by plugging the problem before it becomes a bigger issue.
Spot pointing is essentially applying a patch to the structure and is a more cost effective measure than having to repoint the whole structure.
Contact us today to find out which service is right for you.
Compared to bricks, stone is significantly more resistant to water penetration. In the case of a stone face wall, while the stone itself may be more resilient to damage and weathering, the same issues encountered with the mortar between bricks is also present when it comes to stone. The joints present the weakest part of the structure and may be in need of repair or replacement as time goes by. New York Brick Pointing specializes in all aspects of pointing even when it comes to the intricacies presented with certain stone structures. A stone wall is not always uniformly laid out the same way a brick wall may be, due to the differing sizes and shapes of the stone used. With the differences in stone layouts, the joints must be installed accordingly to maintain a clean look to the structure while also maintaining its integrity.
New York Brick Pointing prides ourselves in being masters of various techniques and being able to tackle all types of pointing needs presented by our clients. We have been honing these skills for over 20 years and continually stay up to date with the newest methods in the market.
Lintels play a vital role in the integrity of your structure, but may often be overlooked. A lintel is a beam that is usually present in any openings such as windows and doorways. The lintel provides load bearing support and is often found over windows and doors. Lintels fail due to water seeping in through the bricks and to the lintels. The water over time causes the beam to rust and rot. When the lintels begin to fail you may notice that the bricks over the lintels will begin to crack and sag. The worst case scenario is that the damaged lintels can cause structural volatility.
We have replaced thousands of lintels around the city and use only the best materials to do the job. Contact us for a free estimate today.
We also provide waterproofing, water sealing, and powerwashing services. If there are any other services that you need help with give us a call for a free consultation.