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Different Brick Structures That Benefit From Repointing

Brick repointing involves repairing the mortar between your bricks on your property. The process is often overlooked, but repointing often makes a difference in the overall look and feel of your home, as well as protects the bricks from water damage. In some cases, repointing may also be necessary to repair the damage that has already been done to the brickwork.

Whilst the process and materials will be different depending on age, all brick and stone buildings can be repointed. 

If the mortar has started to erode or crumble, repointing can return your structure to its original strength and appearance.  If repointing is not carried out, the bricks and mortar can become loose and even fall out, so it is definitely a process worth considering.

When left unchecked, dampness and mildew will affect inner walls and wall ties will rust. Eventually, the walls will bow which decreases wall stability and there is the possibility that they may even collapse. At this stage, repointing is no longer an effective option. 

Signs you require repointing

Signs that indicate your brick structure requires repointing range from the physical appearance of the mortar to problems with the actual bricks themselves. Some common signs include:

  • Mortar is missing, cracked, crumbling or efflorescing (leaving a white powder on the brick)
  • Bricks are chipped, spalled (crumbling at the edges) or loose
  • Doors and windows are difficult to open or close
  • There is dampness or water damage on the exterior of your home
  • Roof leaks or mold growing in the roof

Main benefits of repointing brick structures

Benefits of repointing your brickwork go beyond just visual appeal. Generally, repointing involves improving the structural integrity of the bricks and mortar. This can result in:

  • Preservation of the original brickwork
  • Restoration of the original pointing
  • Improved weather resistance
  • Improved durability
  • Visual improvements to the structure

Brick Structure that can benefit from repointing

Brick homes

One of the most common places you will find repointing is on homes. Over time, the mortar between the bricks can erode, crack or crumble, and repointing is a way to fix this. It can also be used to repair any damage that has already been done to the brickwork.

Retaining walls

Repointing is also common on retaining walls. Given that these walls are often holding back a large amount of weight, it is important to make sure that the mortar is in good condition. 

Chimneys

Chimneys are another common place for repointing. The bricks and mortar can be damaged by weather conditions or simply from age, and repointing can help to repair this damage and prevent it from happening again in the future.

Pathways

If you have brick pathways on your property, repointing can be a good way to keep them in good condition. The process can help to repair any damage that has been done to the bricks or mortar, and also helps to prevent further damage from occurring.

Patios

If you have a brick patio, repointing can help to protect it from weathering and fading. The process can also help to fix any damage that has been done to the bricks or mortar, and can improve the overall appearance of the patio.

Does your brick structure need repointing?

As you can see, there are a number of different types of brick structures that can benefit from repointing. 

It is important to note that repointing should only be done by a professional as it is a complex process. Restoring and repointing brick structures is a unique art-form that requires expertise and craftsmanship. When done correctly, repointing can restore the integrity of brick structures by around 40 years. 

If you suspect your home or brick structure may need repointing, or if you want an expert opinion, it’s worth consulting with a professional repointing specialist.

Period Home Brick Restoration & Construction are a family-owned and operated business in New South Wales, Australia that service Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and outer regional areas of NSW. All members of Period Home have a high level of professional standards, certifications, accreditations and engage with continual training of products, materials and applications, ensuring that your brick structure is restored in the most effective and cost-effective way. 

If you would like a quote for repointing your brick structure, please fill out our quote form and we will be in touch to organise a time to visit your property.