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Masonry Tuck Pointing

When you look at your masonry chimney, you’ll see bricks connected by various mortar joints. When properly maintained, those joints can be resilient and long-lasting, standing up to the elements and use for decades. But your masonry is susceptible to damage, and like armor with a chink in it, even small openings can allow for big problems.

If the mortar joints are failing, or your brick is showing signs of damage, you’ll need tuck pointing work. Cosmetic problems can be solved with tuck pointing work.  If your joints were improperly tooled and just don’t look right, we can repair them and give them a clean, professionally-tooled look.

The simplest explanation of tuck pointing is that it is the process of removing damaged or deteriorated mortar in masonry joints, followed by the painstaking restoration of those joints with new materials. But, a lot more technique and skill goes into it than that simple explanation conveys.

Over the years, the make-up of materials used in masonry chimneys has changed drastically. In terms of hardness and permeability, today’s brick and mortar is very different from the materials used in years past. If you were to repair a historic masonry chimney using modern brick and mortar, the new and old materials wouldn’t work together properly, causing the structure to be unsound. Experienced, trained professionals will take the original materials into account when developing a plan for tuck pointing repairs, so that the repairs are invisible to the naked eye and are strong enough to withstand many more years of use and weather.

What Contributes To Masonry Problems?

There are a lot of factors that contribute to cracked, eroded, or degraded masonry.

As a building settles over time, it’s possible for cracks and gaps to develop in the masonry. Major weather events with high winds that batter a chimney can cause problems too. The biggest contributor to masonry damage is often water. Since masonry is permeable, water can get into your chimney and wear away at joints or damage brick. Significant damage occurs when water makes its way in, including cracks or spalling (chipping/flaking), or even detachment of the chimney crown. In all of these scenarios, tuck pointing work may be necessary in order to restore the soundness and condition of the masonry.

How Do I Know I Need Tuck Pointing Work?

If you schedule your annual chimney inspection with Advanced Chimney Techniques and tuck pointing work is needed, your technician will point it out and explain the problems and what needs to be done.

In between inspections, if you see cracks, gaps, or crumbling mortar or brick on your chimney, give Advanced Chimney Techniques a call. Even small voids will let water in – and small problems can quickly become big problems when water gets its way.

If your motivation for tuck pointing is aesthetic, we can help you, too. Improper mortar tooling can make an entire home look bad – but our experienced technicians can restore the cohesive, unified look of your masonry.

If you’re experiencing problems with your masonry, and need tuck pointing, other repairs, or a rebuild, give Advanced Chimney Techniques a call, or make an appointment online!

 

Keeping the chimney crown in good condition is one of the best ways to prevent water, animals and debris of all kinds out of your chimney. We’ll be happy to discuss this common chimney repair with you today.

 

 



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