As traditionally done, it involves the combination of two different colours of mortar to fill in mortar joints of a brick wall or chimney. The first colour is needed for tuckpointing to match the actual bricks, making it blend in and creating a seamless appearance. The second colour is for the actual appearance of mortar joints. Mixing the two distinct colours creates the illusion of natural mortar joints.
The Process of Tuckpointing
It is important to know how tuckpointing is done for you to set your expectations and adapt if need be.
It starts by removing the existing mortar joints by one inch. A professional mason uses an angle grinder to remove the mortar, which is quite a messy job. After grinding the mortar joints, a masonry brush or a high-pressure nozzle is used to remove dust and debris from the ground mortar joints.
A mix of new mortar is made to match brick colour. This process usually takes a while to get that perfect colour match, so it is advisable to take note of the ratio for the next tuckpointing project.
In this stage, the expert brick pointers will fill the joints with the new mortar. The horizontal joints are worked first and followed by the vertical joints. The professionals will flatten it out to resemble a seamless surface once the application of the wet mortar to the joints is done.
The next is creating the lines. In this process, it is wise to use a straightedge and a tuckpointing tool to make straight lines in the centres of the newly filled joints the moment the new mortar starts to harden, yet still semi-pliable.
Last on the list is the application of lime putty to the scraped lines. This creates contrasting fillets across the mortar joints.
The Benefits of Tuckpointing
Maintenance for your brick wall usually is needed every 25 years or so. Tuckpointing is a repair technique used to replace damaged mortar with new mortar. Below are benefits of tuckpointing in Sydney:
It prevents moisture from leaking. When the mortar in your brick structure is old and crumbled, water can seep through. It could result in the formation of mould, mildew, and rotting wood if left unaddressed.
It strengthens structural stability. Tuckpointing can help when your wall is tilting or leaning at an angle.
It increases lifespan. Tuckpointing helps stop the corrosion of your brick wall and its mortar joints, restoring it to its former glory.
It is a cost-effective option. When you have your wall fixed and repaired, it is much cheaper than a total rebuild project. Don’t wait for that to happen, seek the help of a brick pointer in Sydney.
For countless times, we have done restoration projects to improve structural strength of brick buildings and houses in commercial and residential areas in Sydney, Australia and in locations nearby.