Mortar Pointing ,Re pointing and Fretting Mortar
Mortar Pointing some times referred to as,Re pointing,Brick pointing ,Tuckpointing and is a process of replacing damaged mortar joints between bricks. The problem usually occurs at ground level where moisture is drawn up and passed through damaged or missing damp course — (damp course is a roll of bituminous felt that is laid in the bottom courses around finished floor level). A damp course is placed to stop moisture rising through the bricks or mortar. Unfortunately, over time the damp course can break down, thus letting moisture rise damaging bricks and mortar. Gravity stops moisture rising higher than a meter in any brickwork,
if there is evidence of damaged mortar or fretting brickwork above one meter, the problem is coming from another source, such as:
Poorly mixed mortar
Mortar additives used at the time of construction,
If left the mortar between your bricks can completely break down, fall out and this in turn will dislodge the brickwork leading to major structural damage.
How do we fix it?
First, we find the cause of the problem. The damaged mortar is then removed to a depth of around 20/25mm using specialist equipment and the cement joint is then washed? blown out and then carefully mortared. We make every effort using oxides to match the original colour — this is where the skill lies. After this, the wall is washed down, and the surrounding areas are cleaned.
Below are some examples of our work.
BricksfixWA have 35 years experience in mortar and limestone pointing.
General mortar repairs