Weather throughout the year can have a significant impact on the condition of a building’s masonry. Exposure to moisture, wind, and salt will wear away mortar between bricks or stones over time, causing both unsightly discoloration and cracking that can undermine the structural integrity of a building. Since 1983, Soumar Masonry Restoration, Inc. has been specializing in tuckpointing to repair these issues.
Benefits of Tuckpointing
When mortar deteriorates, it stops repelling moisture. As moisture infiltrates masonry, it begins to wear away at the bricks or stone of the building, causing serious weakening. Moisture leaking into these areas can also cause other issues. The water will cause mold and mildew to accumulate and building materials to rot, which usually leads to the loosening and even loss of bricks and stone. Moisture will also expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. As this occurs, masonry will usually loosen and even fall out.
Purpose of Tuckpointing
The mortar joints of a building’s masonry contribute to its overall strength. When mortar wears away, the structure can be left in a weakened condition. Tuckpointing involves removing the old mortar by either grinding or raking it out. After removal, the contractor will fill in the joints with fresh mortar. Upon completion, the joints will be strong once again.
Ignoring these masonry issues will allow them to worsen over time. Tuckpointing at the onset of deterioration will stop the progression to prevent more costly damage. Left to progress for an extended period, mortar wear could even result in the full collapse of a home or commercial building. Monitor masonry and act swiftly after detecting wear to preserve the integrity of the structure.
Call Soumar Masonry Restoration, Inc. at 800-737-8672 or 630-834-3400 to request an estimate for your tuckpointing needs. We will send a professional mason to your property to assess your tuckpointing needs and provide you with an expert solution.