Stone walls have a unique allure that transcends generations. Their rugged, natural beauty tells stories of history, craftsmanship, and enduring strength. However, the ravages of time can take a toll on even the sturdiest of stone structures. This is where the art of repointing stone walls comes to the fore.
Repointing, simply put, is the process of renewing the mortar joints between stones in a wall. Over time, these joints can erode due to weathering, water infiltration, and the natural settling of the structure. Repointing is a meticulous craft that combines both functionality and aesthetics.
The Functional Aspect
- Structural Integrity: Just as with brick, the mortar in stone walls plays a crucial role in maintaining structural stability. Repointing ensures that stones remain firmly in place, preventing potential collapses or shifting.
- Weather Resistance: Mortar joints act as a protective barrier, keeping moisture out of the wall. This is essential for preserving the stones and preventing the growth of mold and other damaging effects of dampness.
The Aesthetic Aspect:
- Reviving Beauty: A well-repointed stone wall can be a sight to behold. It restores the wall’s original grandeur and gives it a fresh, well-maintained appearance.
- Historical Preservation: When restoring historical or heritage structures, repointing is a crucial step in maintaining the authenticity and historical accuracy of the building.
Repointing stone walls is a meticulous process that begins with carefully removing the old, deteriorated mortar. Once the joints are cleaned, fresh mortar is skilfully applied. The colour, texture, and style of the new mortar are chosen to match the existing stonework or achieve a desired aesthetic.
Why Trust a Professional
While the concept of repointing may seem straightforward, every week I take calls for customers that have jobs they are not happy will – they are prepared to pay again to have it redone. PAY Once, wait and get the right company. Cheshire Pointing.
Repointing stone walls is more than just a restoration task; it’s an art that preserves the past while ensuring the future. It’s a meticulous process that balances the necessity of maintaining structural integrity with the beauty of honouring the original craftsmanship.
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!