We all enjoy the beauty of old brickwork in buildings. Plus, of course, nothing compares with the comfort of sitting by the fireplace when it's cold outside. It is always hard to keep in mind that objects made from such durable & strong material require maintenance. Undeniably, stones and bricks might last for centuries, but the mortar that helps them stick together needs regular renovations and repairs. Since the 18th century, tuckpointing remains the best way to do it.
Technically, tuckpointing and brick repointing are not the same techniques, although they both imply repairing mortar between stones. Basically, the first one is more of a renovation process, while the second one calls for more substantial actions that involve replacement of the damaged mortar parts. But let's get a more detailed look at both of them to clear the air.
Technically, both procedures are based on partially replacing the mortar, so you can use them if you want a brick mortar repair. So, you can perform either «chimney repointing» or «chimney tuckpointing» depending on the purpose you try to achieve and the current state of the mortar.
Many people opt for bricks and stones due to the longevity and durability of these materials. Surely, they've proven their reliability over the centuries. Yet, if you put them on one another, it won't do the job, you need a substance to glue them together.
So, mortar here is an element that you need to keep an eye on. Used to protect the bricks from mold, insects, moisture, gas & smoke leaks, or other unpleasant surprises, it starts to lose its useful properties after 20-30 years. The consequences of negligence in this respect can be harmful to both your health and your budget:
«Game of Thrones» taught us that «Winter is coming», and «The Three Little Pigs» showed us that stones and bricks are the only reliable materials when it comes to strength and durability. When you live in Chicago, with its cold winters, you cannot underestimate the importance of these revelations. Thus, it is nice to have local masonry specialists who know what your bricks and mortar are going through. 312masonry, INC is ready to:
Repointing old brickwork regularly means strengthening your house (or significant parts of it), saving your money, and avoiding health issues. Put your trust in the experienced and knowledgeable professional who are willing to provide you with an excellent service and a personal approach.
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