There are a lot of different components that go into the construction of a property, but the material used to construct the walls is perhaps one of the most important. Not only does this material ensure that you are well protected from the elements and form the main structure of the building, but it also significantly influences the visual appeal of the building too. This material, particularly if brick or stone is selected, will usually last up to 100 years without any real maintenance. But the mortar that holds this material together isn’t blessed with the same lifespan, often lasting 20 to 25 years before repairs are necessary, which is where tuckpointing comes in.
What is Tuckpointing?
Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of tuckpointing before, many of our clients hadn’t either. When we talk about tuckpointing, we are referring to the process whereby the outer section of the old mortar is removed, and then carefully replaced with a fresh layer of quality mortar. While it sounds a relatively straightforward process, if done incorrectly it can have serious consequences, which is why you should always contact experienced masonry contractors, such as Cummins Restorations Inc.
How Will I Know When Tuckpointing is Necessary?
Sometimes the answer to this question is fairly obvious. If you can see widespread cracks or several sections of crumbled mortar, then it’s definitely time to pick up the phone and speak to a professional masonry contractor. Other times, it might not be so obvious, but there is a very easy way to test the condition of your mortar. Take a coin and simply scrape it along the surface of the mortar, if it’s still in good condition, the coin shouldn’t affect the mortar, which should remain solid. If the coin kicks up a powdery residue, then it’s a good sign that your mortar may need tuckpointing. If you are not able to assess the condition of your mortar joints alone, Cummins Restorations Inc. would be pleased to come out to your location and offer an accurate assessment.
Why is Tuckpointing Important?
Mortar joint are extremely important; they hold brick and stone walls together and prevent moisture from entering the property. When they inevitably start to wear down after years of exposure to a range of weather conditions, they may no longer be able to fulfill these functions well. Tuckpointing carried out by Cummins Restorations Inc. restores these joints back to optimum condition, ensure your walls remain strong and your property stays moisture free.
Cummins Restorations Inc. is a family-owned company and offers a range of professional masonry and restoration services. We have been assisting both residential and commercial clients all over the GTA since 1992 and would be glad to handle your project too.