Tuckpointing involves removing and replacing deteriorating mortar with fresh mortar. Mortar can fail for a variety of reasons including but not limited to shoddy workmanship, erosion from moisture and extreme temperature changes. Brick buildings exposed to hot Chicago summers and then extremely cold winters present unique challenges. Another factor can be the weight from the overhead bricks. Bricks can often last close to a century, unfortunately the lifespan of mortar is typically 25 to 30 years—meaning it will need replacement or repointing more than once during the life of a brick building.
Mortar joints happen to be the weakest part of a brick wall, therefore it is common to see cracks running through the joints, even if the bricks remain intact. A few small cracks do not signify the need to tuckpoint, but when the mortar joints begin to crumble and mortar begins to fall out, property owners should repair it before any additional mortar affects the integrity of the wall. More importantly if deteriorating mortar isn’t repaired, water infiltration is much more likely and it could eventually cause the wall or chimney to collapse. Chimneys are especially vulnerable to the elements as they are the highest point of the building and most exposed to wind, rain, sleet and snow.
FocalPoint Masonry employs highly skilled brick masons who will restore your buildings brick mortar joints to near original condition. This insures decades of a strong and aesthetically pleasing structure. Please contact us today for a free estimate.