Brick Grinding And Pointing In The North East
At some stage in the life of your house, the mortar between your masonry will need grinding out and re pointing. When it comes to brickwork and stonework, the mortar can account for around 15% of the overall surface area, and therefore has a huge overall impact on the quality and the look of your property. If you have found some cracks in the external walls or damaged bricks of your buildings, private houses, offices, then our grinding and pointing services are the solution to it.
We aim to provide the highest standard of workmanship with a positive and professional attitude, giving Brickwork Direct an excellent reputation for the quality of grinding and pointing work and the ability to complete projects to agreed deadlines. Our services are delivered by directly employed staff trained provide a first class finish to your brickwork.
Weather Struck Pointing
Weather Struck Pointing is a specialist pointing technique, which is probably the most common type of pointing used in this day and age. The pointing is applied with a slight lip at the bottom giving a nice edge for the rain water to flow down. When buildings become neglected and have water coming inside, this is the pointing method people before as it is long lasting. The forward edge is projected forward about 2mm past the brick. This technique requires a lot of skill and is very time consuming. When does correctly it will give a lovely aesthetically pleasing look the bricks.
Flush pointing is a method whereby you remove the excess mortar, by using the pointing trowel in line with the stonework surface, this area is then left to dry. Once dry the remainder mortar can be removed easily, leaving behind a nice flush service. The pointing is coming inside, beyond the original brick to form U shape. This type of pointing is very common in properties in and around the North East. Flush pointing is normally made of lime based mortar mixture. This type of pointing is more easier to carry out compared to other re pointing methods.
This type of pointing of more about the look, rather than rain or damp prevention. The pointing is done in such a way that the mortar is kept back approximately 1/4″ from the face of the brick work. This type of pointing can cause water damage after a long time as some times the water can sit on the mortar inside the brick work. This type of pointing looks good on properties that perfectly shaped bricks and if you want the highlight the look of the brick work. This type of pointing is not very commonly undertaken in this day and age.
Tuck pointing is more commonly used to enhance the cosmetic look of brick work. This type of pointing requires a lot of skill and a steady hand. Tuck pointing was first used in the late eighteenth century, to give the impression that the bricks are strong and perfectly made. Tuck pointing creates an illusion for the bricks that have damaged edges, it gives them a refreshed new look with straight edges. Mortar is mixed the same colour as the brick work and then a thin line of pointing is made on top of the bricks.
Rake Out Mortar
The first step is to break to clean off any excess dirt on the mortar.. Once this is done then mortar needs to carefully taken out, special care must be taken to make sure that whilst the mortar is being taken out the brickwork does not get damaged as this will cause more work.
Creating Mortar Mix
Once the brick mortar joints have been removed and disposed off, the next step to carefully start making the right mortar mix for the pointing to be carried out. The mixture has to be right otherwise the mortar won’t stick or afterwards you will find cracks on the re-pointing.
Re-pointing Carried Out
Now that your mortar mixture has been created, Brickwork Direct’s team of mortar experts will carry out pointing to your bricks. Brickwork Direct’s re-pointing team will firstly do a few test patches for you about the different which pointing style is suited to your property.
Remove Excess Mortar
The final stage in your brick pointing project is to make sure that all the edges are sealed properly. When carrying out any re-pointing project, Brickwork Direct’s team will make sure that any place that the mortar has been removed and re-pointing has been carried out is sealed.
Why Choose Us?
Brickwork Direct became a limited company back in 2003 and over the years we have grown from strength to strength. Overall our company has 100+ years of bricklaying experience across all sectors, including building extensions. We provide an open and professional service to all clients no matter how big or small the project is.
‘The company were great to deal with from my estimate through to the completion of the job. I found company very professional from start to finish and was kept informed of the progress on my job. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the job they did was excellent. Site was left clean and tidy and all finishing touches were done as promised. I had to have some additional work done extra to my quote and this was priced very fair.’ – Mr Stephen Hunter