How to fix mortar damage with tuckpointing

Tuckpointing is an effective way to repair brick walls and extend the life of your masonry. Mortar is the glue that holds bricks together, but it is subject to deterioration over time. Tuckpointing replaces damaged mortar to fortify brick walls and preserve the structural integrity of a building. Let’s take a closer look at the purpose of tuckpointing and signs you may need mortar repair. 

What is tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing removes the outer layer of mortar and replaces it with fresh, new mortar. That process requires a delicate balance. Remove too much mortar, and you could damage the surrounding bricks. Remove too little, and you may not eliminate enough of the weakened mortar. Our professional bricklayers have the tools, knowledge, and expertise to execute long-lasting mortar repair.

After matching the new mortar to the existing mortar’s color, the masonry restorers will add new mortar to fill the gaps from the damaged mortar. The result is streamlined brick repair that keeps your brickwork sturdy for years to come. 

Signs of mortar damage

If your mortar is cracked, crumbling, or noticeably deteriorated, it’s time for tuckpointing. Over time, mortar weakens from exposure to hail, wind, rain, falling debris, chemicals, temperature changes, and other circumstances. Those events leave your home vulnerable to water damage, and it removes the foundational support for your bricks. If you see cracks, gaps, or holes in your mortar, contact us for a professional brick inspection. 

How often does masonry require tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is usually necessary once every 25 years. However, many factors affect that timeframe, such as the weather in your area and the mortar quality used during installation. If you are purchasing a brick home or building that is over 20 years old, tuckpointing will most likely be in your future. If your home is newly built, you should be able to enjoy many years without the need for mortar repair. 

The best way to determine if your masonry needs tuckpointing is with a professional inspection. Our highly-experienced masonry restoration experts can evaluate your brickwork for signs of damage. Then we will provide a fair, honest quote based on the work needed. Contact us at 405-285-9800 for more information about tuckpointing in Oklahoma City, OK.