Bricks. We know them. We see them. A lot. Heck, we might even have a brick wall structure ourselves! And they’re pretty cool, to be honest. Bricks can last you a century. Yes! 100 years and they’re still pretty acceptable. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for mortar that’s holding them together.
That’s where tuckpointing comes into the picture.
But what exactly is tuckpointing?
To put it simply (we also got a headache when we first heard of this too), I’ll give you a rundown.
- Masons clear the original mortar that’s basically falling to pieces. If it’s 25-30 years in the making, then it’s understandable- and very necessary.
- After that, they fill the joints (which are the gaps between the bricks, you’re welcome) with new mortar! The color will be the same to that of the bricks. You know… to give it a sleek finish, ya get me?
- Lastly, the masons apply a layer of putty between the gaps of the bricks.
That’s it. Pretty straightforward, am I right?
So, the question is– why do we need it? What’s so important about it that you’re taking the time to read it?
Let me just say it. Right off the bat. It looks good. It really looks good. And what’s the harm in a little visual appeal? Your property would be striking, to say the least. Even if you’ve had those brick walls for some decades now, with tuckpointing– trust us. It’s gonna look good as new. Restored beautiful masonry. Need we say more?
Of course we do. First off, protection. This is basic stuff. Tuckpointing is a repair procedure as much as it is an aesthetic process. To ensure the stability of a brick structure- it. Is. Of. Utmost. Importance. Seriously. You don’t want your brick collapsing on you in just a couple of years.
Remember that thing we said about mortar joints? The one where we said it’s practically falling apart? Well, good news. Tuckpointing can help stop that from happening. Ya know, just casually saving it from corrosion and stuff. No big deal. All in a day’s work.
Tuckpointing prevents water from finding its way into the system. Why?Can’t bricks handle a little water?* Time, and nature, break down everything. And by everything, we mean the mortar. Bricks can last pretty long, but mortars will ultimately wear away, especially from water. With mold and mildew growing in the corners. Yuck. You see where I’m getting at?
Lastly, a question. What would you choose- a full demolition and reconstruction, or a tuckpoint? Unless you’re super duper rich, you’d pick the latter. Why waste any money when you can just tuckpoint? It works just as well. And it won’t break the bank.
If (brick) walls could talk, they’ll tell you to do them a favor and call a tuckpointing service. Stat. So what are you waiting for? Bricks actually talking? Let’s not let it get to that, and tuckpoint while we still can. Before it gets beyond repair, call a professional now.