All walls and exterior faces have a limited lifespan, and whilst they may still physically stand and be structurally sound, sooner or later the brick or stone will need pointing or repointing. Pointing is the technique of repairing or replacing mortar joints between bricks and other masonry, and is really important to prevent water ingress in your property. Over time, the mortar in between your bricks will be eroded away by weathering, allowing water to seep through the brickwork. As this water is soaked through into the bricks, the particles of the brick structure begin to dissolve, creating pockets of moisture. In cold weather this will then freeze, causing issues such as cracked or broken bricks and damp. Depending on the age of your property, the mortar will either be made from lime, or more recently cement, and any signs crumbling of this material should be looked at by a professional sooner rather than later.
Brick and stonework pointing really is a job for the proffessionals, and we have seen many examples where customers have done it themselves with the right intentions, but caused irreparable damage to their older properties. It is very important to understand how your house was built, whether the walls use lime mortar or have a cavity, and understand how those mortar joints function in the fabric of your house. The mortar is arguably the most significant element to maintaining the health of your property’s exterior walls, and poor work here could cause physical damage to stone and brick, affecting the structural integrity and causing big problems in future. Walls need to be treated very differently depending on numerous factors, so trust our experts to understand your unique circumstances, propose a solution which is fit for purpose, and provide your building with a generation of protection.
A typical sign you should look for when assessing whether repointing is required, is whether the mortar is cracking, falling out or deteriorating between the brickwork or stonework. Loose bricks or stones, damp walls or damaged plaster work are also a common sign of problems. As part of our standard pointing service, preparation is key, so we ensure that all the old mortar is removed properly from between the joints. The average depth we remove is between 12mm to 25mm, but this depends on the gaps and how your building was constructed. Any defective mortar will be removed by hand or power tools and replaced with fresh mortar, matching the mortar tone and finish, whilst blending as seamlessly as possible. We are skilled, experienced and qualified in all types of pointing, including lime mortar pointing, weather struck pointing, tuck pointing, ribbon pointing, flash and bucket handle, to name just a few. We can also provide cleaning of your existing brickwork prior to pointing, and a waterproof coating afterwards for durable, long lasting protection. All of our pointing work is guaranteed and will weather consistently alongside any original adjoining mortar.
If you're unsure of what you want or require, don't worry as we take time to help you as part of our service. We are happy to provide expert advice, discuss all of the options and help you to obtain the desired finish to protect your home. New pointing can transform your home and provide a lifetime of service, so we take time and dedication to ensure we do it right. We are that confident in our workmanship that we offer a guarantee on all pointing work, offering peace of mind and satisfaction to our customers. Find out more about our pointing services and view photos from our previous projects below. You can also read reviews on our testimonials page.