As time weathers even the most robust structures, maintaining the integrity and aesthetic appeal of brickwork becomes paramount.
What is Pointing?
Pointing, refers to the process of renewing or repairing the mortar joints between bricks or stones in a structure. Over time, these joints can crumble, crack, or erode due to weathering, moisture, or age. Pointing is the remedy, and it’s a meticulous craft that blends both functionality and aesthetics.
The Functional Aspect
- Structural Integrity: The mortar joints in brickwork are more than just filler material; they play a vital role in supporting the overall structure. When these joints deteriorate, the stability of the entire building can be compromised. Proper pointing ensures that the bricks remain tightly bonded, restoring the structural strength.
- Weatherproofing: Mortar joints act as a barrier against water infiltration. Well-pointed bricks prevent moisture from seeping into the walls, which can lead to a host of problems, including mold growth and the degradation of interior surfaces.
The Aesthetic Aspect:
- Enhanced Beauty: A well-pointed brick wall can be a sight to behold. It restores the clean, organized appearance of the masonry, lending a fresh and timeless charm to the structure.
- Historical Accuracy: When restoring historic buildings, proper pointing is essential to maintaining the original character. Skilled craftsmen can replicate the historical style of mortar joints, ensuring that the building’s heritage is preserved.
Pointing brick is a meticulous process that involves removing deteriorated mortar, cleaning the joints, and filling them with fresh mortar. The colour, texture, and style of the mortar are chosen to match the existing brickwork or achieve a desired aesthetic.
Why Trust a Professional
While the concept of pointing may seem straightforward, it’s a job that requires experience and expertise. A professional mason not only understands the technical aspects but also appreciates the historical and architectural context of the structure.
What happens if I choose to ignore having my property repointed ?
- Moisture Damage – mortar seals the natural gaps that moisture would normally get through. If this is not treated then over time moisture will find a way through and cause significant damage to interior walls and furthermore, heightens the risk of mold growth which in itself poses health risks.
- Property Valuation – the exterior of a property is the first thing that a purchaser or surveyor sees. Using the right mortar resulting in a high class finish will improve the buildings exterior visual appeal. Having a home which clearly requires repointing in some cases, can decrease your current valuation by up to 10% which in todays average property market equates to a £28,500.00 loss to you.
- Energy Efficiency – because your mortar covers any obvious gaps that wind/air would naturally get through, larger holes and cracks will make a negative difference to your home remaining warmer in the winter months. Long term, this will no doubt have a negative impact on your energy costs.
Clearly over a period, the work involved will increase and therefore overall costs will be more. Coupled with the loss in property valuation, this would result in a total loss of £40,000.00 to the average homeowner so it’s important to…ACT NOW!