6 days ago
Sometimes we use phrases on our quotes or when talking to customers that I have to remind myself I didn't know before I worked here. Like when we use the phrase re-pointing.
I mean really unless your uncle was a brickie or you are a stonemason yourself, it's not exactly something that comes up often in conversation. You don't sit there at a bbq with friends and say "check out the re-pointing we did on the weekend" or "we really need to get onto that re-pointing".
Ok enough of the dribble! What is it?
Pointing is the name given to mortar used to fill the joints between bricks and/or stones in your wall. It is the finish that is between the bricks and stone. Pointing if done right should act as a bedding for the bricks, repel moisture but still allow the wall to "breathe" and drain. But pointing is also sacrificial meaning it will fret away and will need to replaced over time.
Depending on each wall different factors could have caused the mortar to fret away and become powdery; age, weather conditions, salt, excess moisture, water leak or too much concrete in the mortar.
When this occurs you need to re-point the wall. This involves a bricklayer or stonemason raking out the joints, removing the old mortar and replacing with new.
It is important before organising to re-point a wall to understand the cause behind the fretting mortar... is it merely age or is it because of an underlying cause? There is where we can come in and help - by identifying what is going on in the wall before recommending the repairs.