What is repointing?
Repointing is the process of replacing the eroded mortar of a building. Mortar has a shorter natural life than most other building materials, and therefore starts to wear away before the bricks around it do. The rate of deterioration can be affected by a number of things, such as wind-driven rain, frost and pollution, but most houses will eventually need repointing at some stage. This involves clearing out the loose or defective surface mortar, usually to a depth of approximately 10mm, and then refilling it with an appropriate new mixture to strengthen and seal the bond between bricks and prevent further damage.
Why do I need a repointing service?
One reason to repoint that shouldn’t be underestimated is simply that it makes your brickwork look much more visually appealing. It will look neater and newer, boosting the property value and the potential for resale. If your house is an investment it is well worth keeping it in the best condition possible. Additionally, weak or failing mortar can contribute to structural damage, which severely affects the stability and general condition of the building. It can also add to problems with internal penetrating dampness.
What should I do next?
Repointing may seem like a relatively simple type of repair work, but if it is not carried out properly, this could cause a lot future problems. If, for example, the mortar joints are not cleared out correctly, or the wrong kind of mortar for that particular building is used, this can lead to water damage, further deterioration or an unsightly result.
At Wallseal Preservation we have the experience and the technical know-how to provide you with the very best in repointing services. Our customers can have confidence that they will be provided with an excellent quality of work in compliance with industry codes of practice. For advice, surveys and appointments, call us today on 0191 5524743 or email us for more information.