Changing weather conditions can significantly impact a building’s masonry. Exposure to moisture, wind, and salt is known to wear away the mortar between bricks or stones over time, causing unsightly discoloration and cracking that can undermine the structural integrity of a building. Since 1983, Soumar Masonry Restoration, Inc. has provided tuckpointing services to repair mortar damage.
Benefits of Tuckpointing
When mortar deteriorates, so does its ability to repel moisture. As moisture infiltrates masonry, it begins to wear down the building’s stones and bricks, causing serious damage. Moisture leaks can cause mold and mildew to accumulate and building materials to rot, which often leads to the loosening and even loss of stones and bricks. Additional moisture will force masonry to expand and contract more than it normally would as temperatures fluctuate. As this occurs, masonry will be damaged.
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. The tuckpointing process involves the removal of old mortar by either grinding or raking it out. After removal, the contractor will fill the joints with fresh mortar. Upon completion, the joints will regain their strength.
Ignoring masonry issues will cause them to worsen over time. Tuckpointing at the onset of deterioration stops its progress, which prevents additional damage. If mortar is allowed to weaken for an extended period, it can compromise the structure of a residential, commercial, or historic building and may even cause the building to collapse. Preserve the integrity of your structure by monitoring its masonry and acting swiftly once you detect any issues.
If you believe your masonry has been damaged, Soumar Masonry Restoration, Inc. can help. We will send a professional mason to your property to assess your tuckpointing needs and provide you with an expert solution. For more information, request an estimate today.