This is something that we’ve heard quite frequently over the past 22 years. Home and business owners alike want to know what’s in it for them when they spend their hard earned cash. They want to work out whether their home improvement budget is better spent on tuckpointing or if they would be wiser to buy that new bathroom vanity that they’ve had their eye on for a while. It’s a fair question and ultimately almost all purchases and investments that we make are weighed against the benefits that we will receive in return. To help you make your mind up in this particular instance, we’ve listed a few of the main benefits of tuckpointing below, all of which have been experienced by hundreds of Toronto homeowners that we’ve helped over the years.
Return on Investment: Is Tuckpointing Worth It?
We frequently see homeowners with properties that are in dire need of tuckpointing neglect to do so as they are not fully aware of the impact that it can have. Any money you spend on tuckpointing will help your home in the following ways:
- Preserve Condition of Mortar Joints – This is vital from both a visual and a functional perspective. Masonry with the mortar properly intact not only looks attractive, but the mortar joints also protect it from water and a number of other threats (think of vegetation, salts and frost) that could cause more extensive damage.
- Stronger Walls and Chimney – The worst thing that you can do when you realise that part of your wall or chimney requires repair, is do nothing. While bricks and mortar may appear strong even when damaged, just a small breach of your home’s first line of defence can lead to moisture problems indoors, lower levels of energy efficiency and uncomfortable indoor temperatures. Not to mention the fact that weathering of these areas and subsequent damage will be greatly accelerated.
- Cost Effective Solution – Lets run through the likely scenario if you don’t invest in tuckpointing. As already mentioned, mortar joints and bricks will weather and significantly deteriorate in condition, often to the point whereby standard masonry repair will no longer be possible, meaning a tear down and rebuild is often the only viable option. As you can imagine, this would cost you considerably more than tuckpointing would have in the first place.
- Boosts Your Property’s Value – One of the main things that property surveyors will check when inspecting your house is the quality and the condition of the masonry. They will assess whether it’s likely to need any serious repairs in the near future and this will undoubtedly have a significant impact upon the value that your home is given. Not only that, but masonry that is in good condition also looks more visually pleasing, which ensures visitors are left with a positive first impression.
Whether you’re still unsure if your home requires tuckpointing or you would like to make an appointment for a consultation with us, contact our team on (416) 992-7965.