brick cleaning pointing london step by step sjpointer
After all necessary tasks are gauged and scheduled, restoration process takes place.

Brick cleaning

is a first step of a process to bring the original appearance, colour and intricate architectural detail of the building or business.

If brick cleaning is needed, environmentally friendly, non-destructive DOFF superheated water cleaning system will be used to remove dirt caused by harsh weather, traffic pollution, general neglect, moss and algae.

Paint removal

If there is a need for old, peeling, discoloured or messy paint to be removed, then DOFF steam, 0% surface damage system will be used. Even the smallest of cracks in your brickwork paint will allow moisture to seep into the brickwork and gradually erode the face of the brick.

Brick repointing

Next step is brick repointing, which restores and enhances the water resistance and energy performance of bricks and mortar of your property.

First phase of this step is to recreate a joints between a bricks for the brick re-pointing, by forming a neat recess. For this operation, angle grinders equipped with diamond blades of the thickness of the joint are used. Angle grinders are also equipped with a heavy duty dust collectors to minimalise dust spreading through the restored and neighbour's properties. Joints are cut carefully and skilfully to avoid damaging bricks.

Next, bricks which are damaged and gauged for replacing are cut out. Bricks same in shape, colour and texture are used for replacing.
Finally when joints are made clean of the remaining dust, then repointing with a chosen type and colour of pointing starts. For repointing lime mortar is used. The soft and porous properties of lime mortar provide certain advantages when working with softer building materials.

The most popular types of brick pointing are:
  • Weather struck pointing (will give a great resistance to adverse weather)
  • Flush pointing (it will give a rough, "old look" appearance)
  • Ribbon cut pointing (will give a regular joint width to irregular brick and stone masonry)
  • Tuck pointing (on the mortar in colour of the bricks, a lime putty mortar is applied and then the top and bottom edges of the joints are cut parallel)
Described way of restoration is performed by S.J. Pointer who throughout the process, strive to achieve the highest aesthetic and technical standards, requiring the most careful workmanship.