When the decision is made to remove ivy and shrubs from your home’s brick exterior, it’s a significant step towards preserving its integrity and aesthetic appeal. Here’s a concise look at the process:
Natural Beauty vs. Structural Integrity
Ivy and shrubs lend a unique charm to your home, but their presence can impact your bricks over time. Removing them necessitates repointing to ensure your home’s structural soundness and timeless beauty.
The Repointing Process
- Initial Cleanup: Begin by carefully removing ivy and shrubs, minimizing any further impact on the bricks.
- Detailed Assessment: After removal, conduct a thorough inspection of mortar joints to identify areas requiring repointing.
- Old Mortar Removal: Skilled craftsmen delicately extract old, deteriorated mortar to reveal the sturdy bricks underneath.
- Fresh Mortar Application: Expert artisans apply new mortar, matching it meticulously to your existing brickwork’s colour, texture, and style. This step enhances both structural strength and visual appeal.
- Curing and Protection: Allow the newly applied mortar to cure while safeguarding your home during this critical phase.
The Rewards of Repointing
Repointing your home’s brick exterior post-ivy and shrub removal breathes new life into it. Beyond structural fortification, it revitalizes aesthetics, allowing your house to endure the test of time with both strength and beauty intact.
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!