Brick Pointing: A Crash Course


Brick Pointing: A Crash Course

When it comes to repairing and preserving brick and masonry, expert masons have many tools and techniques available to them. What kind of repair or maintenance they are doing determines the method they choose. One of the available techniques is brick pointing. If you’ve don’t any research into masonry repair, you’ve probably come across this term. But what does it mean, exactly?


Let us give you a brief crash course on brick pointing and when we use this repair method.


The Process

Brick pointing, also known as tuckpointing or repointing, is the process of repairing and replacing the mortar joints between bricks. Masons commonly use this technique to restore the appearance and structural integrity of older buildings that have suffered from weathering and erosion over time. The process involves removing the damaged or deteriorated mortar between the bricks and replacing it with new mortar. Masons use specialized tools, such as chisels and grinders, as well as a mortar mix that matches the color and texture of the existing mortar. The process requires careful attention to detail and expertise in order to achieve a seamless finish.


The Benefits

The benefits of brick pointing include improved durability and weather resistance, as well as enhanced aesthetic appeal. Properly maintained mortar joints can prevent water damage and deterioration of the underlying brickwork. This, in turn, can extend the lifespan of the building and reduce the need for costly repairs in the future. In addition, brick pointing can enhance the curb appeal of a building and increase its value.


Appropriate Uses

It’s important to note, however, that not all buildings require brick pointing. In some cases, simple maintenance, such as cleaning and sealing the existing mortar joints, may be sufficient. It’s also important to hire a qualified professional to perform brick pointing, as improper techniques or materials can cause further damage to the building.


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Brick Pointing and Masonry Repair by Abbot Building

At Abbot Building Restoration Co., our goal is to preserve the beauty and value of masonry and brick buildings. Whether a building is decades or centuries old, the best way to maintain it is with the right team of expert masonry professionals.


Contact us at (617) 445-0274 or view our past projects to see our work.

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