Process of brickwork restoration, that restores and enhances the water resistance and energy performance of bricks and mortar of your property.
Over time, weathering and decay cause voids in the joints between bricks, allowing the undesirable entrance of water. Water entering through these voids can cause significant damage through frost weathering and from salt dissolution and deposition. We have been providing, in accordance with regulations of historic brickwork restoration standards, a brick repointing, brick pointing preparation and lime mortar services, that allows for your property to retain its water resistance and natural beauty through brickwork and stonework.
Top Quality Brick Pointing & Restoration
PreparationIn the process of renewing the pointing we recreate a joints between a bricks for the brick repointing. We do this by firstly forming a neat recess.
RepointingNext we clean the joints of the remaining dust and then repointing with a chosen type and colour of pointing starts. For repointing we use lime mortar. The soft and porous properties of lime mortar provide certain advantages when working with softer building materials such as soft bricks, natural stone and terracotta. In the repair and restoration of brick and stone-built structures originally built using lime mortar, the use of Portland cement is not recommended.
We specialise in all types of pointing. Most common are:
Weather Struck pointing
requires a lot of experience to get the necessary results. When done correctly it will give a lovely aesthetically pleasing look to the wall. In this type of pointing, the mortar is first pressed into raked joints. While the mortar is still green, it's smoothed to get even surface of the pointing lines. The bottom edge is then nearly trimmed with a sharp knife and straight edge. Thus the joint is finished sloping from the top of the joint to its bottom. This type of pointing will give a great resistance to adverse weather.
in this type of pointing, the mortar is pressed into the raked joints and finished off flush with the edges of the bricks or stones, so as to give a rough, "old look" appearance. This type of pointing requires a lot of experience to get the necessary results. It is extensively used in brickwork and stone masonry face work.
Ribbon Cut pointing
in this type of pointing, the mortar in colour of the bricks is first pressed in the raked joints and after it is finished flush with the face of the wall. In stage two lime putty mortar is applied and then the top and bottom edges of the joints are cut parallel to give a regular width and straight look to irregular brick and stone masonry.