Tuckpointing - Traditional Brickwork Restoration
One of the elements of the traditional London brickwork restoration process is tuckpointing. It is employed in historic brickwork restoration for repair, reconstruction and preservation of the original appearance of the walls in London. Tuckpointing is most often required in the preservation of historic buildings by conservators. It is one of the most time-consuming, requiring the most skill and patience, type of pointing.
By S.J. POINTER
It is very important to use the right mix of mortar for individual phases. In the first phase, spaces between bricks are filled with the mortar of the same colour as the colour of the bricks. This creates a uniform colour and texture of the wall. The shapes of bricks are lost.
In the second phase, a line-shaped mortar that forms the image of bricks is applied in a precise manner. Even the smallest shortages of skills and experience will become apparent during the final phase of tuckpointing implementation.
Tuckpointing allows you to achieve a perfectly even wall effect, even when the bricks are unevenly laid. A time-consuming process, that requires a lot of skills, which results in higher execution costs, consequently results in its less and less frequent use.