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Tuckpointing: increasing the life of your building.
Regardless of the type of building, as it gets older, it will go through many changes. Most of these changes are inevitable as the very chemical makeup of mortar and brick undergoes changes as they age. Brick masonry, although one of the most beautiful and durable building styles, does fall prey to the ravages of time. That is why the practice of tuckpointing is so valuable. In a high-rise building, the very weight of a wall will exert a downward force that will crack the mortar and brick. Masonry has to be maintained and brick restoration is a valuable thing for any property owner. When you have someone do tuckpointing before a problem gets out of hand, you will avoid drastic problems and expensive repairs in the future.
The changes in brick walls are usually related to weather exposure. These changes in brick masonry can be both chemical and physical. The moisture in the air will react with the components of both the brick and the mortar. Granted, it will take a relatively long time for this to happen. But buildings do tend to age at a much slower rate than people or pets. Tuckpointing, however, will extend the life of a brick wall and deal with problems when they are a simple matter. The theory behind tuckpointing is very simple. You're going to fill in the cracks in a brick wall with either fresh mortar, clay, or putty. Technically, the mason will cut away around a ¾ of an inch of mortar and then push in the fresh mortar into the crack.
Brick masonry over 200 years old shows evidence of tuckpointing. What began as a stylistic element quickly grew into one of the more important things that you have to do in order to maintain brick masonry. In those days, it was a necessity because they could not guarantee uniformity between bricks. Tuckpointing allowed the mason to even up the look and make a brick wall with a smooth finish. Safety began to become a factor as these walls aged and younger masons were asked to repair the older walls. It is one reason why building inspections should be the cornerstone of buildings when you are dealing with brick masonry. When cracks and crazing are discovered when small, the process of repair is very simple and very easy to do and is very cost effective.
When you contract with Bruno Construction, you can deal with professionals who understand the differences between the high quality bricks and know a way to get the most out of your brick wall. Tuckpointing is just one of the many tools that we have in our arsenal. From brick restoration, where the choice of a brick with the right combination of shale and clay is important, to the shape and color you desire, the professionals at Bruno Construction will be more than happy to take on your construction project. Our masons are skilled in a procedure that will not only make your building look better, but it will increase the look and the safety of your investment. That is one of the advantages you have when you deal with a company with the reputation and the experience of Bruno Construction. Need Tuckpointing..., call us!