Tuckpointing refers to the process of repairing mortar joints in stone or brick masonry walls by grinding or raking out the old mortar to a certain depth, and then filling in with new mortar. Tuckpointing is labor-intensive and TCB Masonry’s expert masons can determine the scope of the work that needs to be done.
How do you know if Tuckpointing is an option?
When you suspect your mortar is deteriorating and may need to be repaired, there is a simple test you can do before you call a masonry contractor. Take a key and rub it across the mortar joint and see if it scratches up powdered material, if it does, then you know you’re a candidate for tuckpointing. If the masonry is still good, a key should not be able to scratch it at all. Yes, it is that simple. Or you can call or contact us and we can evaluate the situation for you.
What is Tuckpointing?
When mortar is in a weakened condition, it causes moisture to break down the stone or brick masonry wall and possibly cause moisture problems behind it. When tuckpointing is done properly, it provides a relatively waterproof mortar joint that extends the life of the wall.
Tuckpointing saves a lot of money if you do it before it’s too late. If you don’t tuckpoint when your stone or brick wall needs it, the masonry wall will deteriorate to the point that the only fix is to tear it down and re-lay it. You know it’s too late to tuckpoint when your masonry units (brick or stone) get loose. This, of course, costs more money to repair in both labor and materials than it does to tuckpoint the mortar joints in the first place.
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