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Common Questions About Tuckpointing Answered

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While brick is one of the most durable options you can have for home construction, this is not a maintenance free solution. The mortar that binds the bricks together will be subjected to many different weather extremes, and this can eventually cause deep cracks, flaking and other issues to arise. Unless these damages are repaired, it can eventually cause the failure of the bricks, which can pose a serious safety hazard. Luckily, tuckpointing is an excellent option for repairing damaged mortar, but you may need a couple of questions answered about this option if you have never encountered mortar damage. 

How Do You Know Your Home Needs To Be Tuckpointed?

There can be many signs that a home is in need of this type of repair, but the most common is a visible crumbling of the mortar between the bricks. Interestingly, you will usually have to be very close to determine whether this problem is present because the mortar may stay between the bricks after it has failed. 

As a result, you will need to attempt to pull out any loose mortar that you notice when inspecting your home. If the mortar is able to be easily be removed, it is probably time to tuckpoint the home. For homeowners that are uncomfortable or unable to perform this type of inspection, it is advised to have a professional inspect the house at least once every few years to look for signs of mortar failure. 

What Happens During A Tuckpoint Repair?

When your home needs to be tuckpointed, the first step will be to remove all of the damaged mortar from between the bricks. For safety concerns, this is usually done one brick at a time, and the contractors will use special tools that can easily remove the damaged mortar without harming the surrounding bricks. 

Once the damaged mortar has been removed, your contractor will either inject new mortar or a special bonding agent between the bricks. You should consider requesting the use of the bonding agent because it is plastic based, which will help it to better withstand moisture damage. If the bonding agent is used, a thin coating of mortar will be placed on the exterior to disguise the repair. 

Repairing damaged mortar can seem like an extremely complex and difficult repair to make, but it is essential to ensure the structural stability of your home. By understanding the signs of needing this type of repair and the process of doing a tuckpointing, you will be better able to make informed and practical decisions for your home's needs. To learn more about tuckpointing, contact a company like Hart Restoration Group.