Pointing Brickwork – what is it and why it matters

Your home is more than just a structure; it’s a sanctuary where memories are made and cherished. Ensuring its structural integrity and enhancing its aesthetics is essential. One often underestimated yet critical aspect of home maintenance is pointing. 

What is Pointing

Pointing is the art of applying mortar or filler to the joints between bricks, stones, or blocks in your home’s structure. It plays a pivotal role in preserving your home’s strength and visual appeal.  

Why Pointing Matters

  • Strength and Stability: Well-done pointing reinforces your home’s structural stability, preventing issues like leaning or collapsing. 
  • Waterproofing: Proper pointing acts as a barrier, preventing water from infiltrating your home, which can lead to extensive damage, mold growth, and deterioration. 
  • Leak Prevention: Effective pointing keeps water out, preserving your interior spaces and possessions by preventing leaks. 
  • Aesthetic Enhancement: Neat and precise pointing can enhance your home’s overall curb appeal, giving it a fresh and polished look. 

When to Consider Pointing

Visual Clues: If you notice cracked, crumbly mortar, damp bricks, damaged brickwork, or gaps in the mortar, it’s a sign that pointing may be necessary. 

Warning

Every week I take calls for customers that have jobs they are not happy with – they are prepared to pay again to have it redone. PAY Once, wait and get the right company. Cheshire Pointing. 

The Pointing Process

  • Assessment: A thorough evaluation is conducted to gauge the condition of the mortar joints, bricks, and the overall structure. 
  • Preparation: The area is cleaned to remove dirt, debris, and loose mortar, ensuring the new material adheres properly. 
  • Application of New Mortar: Fresh mortar, matched to the original colour and consistency, is expertly applied to the joints using a pointing trowel, ensuring proper filling and finishing. 
  • Finishing: The new mortar is shaped and finished to achieve the desired pointing style, further enhancing your home’s aesthetics. 
  • Pointing is a fundamental aspect of home maintenance that fortifies both safety and aesthetics. By addressing structural concerns and preventing water infiltration, pointing contributes to the longevity and visual appeal of your property. Regular inspections and timely pointing can keep your home in excellent condition, providing you with a safe and visually pleasing place to call home. 

What happens if I choice 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!