All buildings need mortar to keep the bricks together and prevent water from getting in. Mortar is used to fill the spaces between bricks, and also to provide a smooth and even appearance. Any repair or maintenance work is called repointing and it is vital for protecting your home against structure changes and water damages.
The weather and the years of wear and tear can also weaken the brickwork, so repointing the property in London is essential should you choose to protect the interior of your house.
Four easy steps
Even if only one section of the exterior wall needs repairs, repointing is usually done for the entire exterior so that the house won’t appear uneven and unaesthetic. This way, brick repointing companies in London can help you cover the whole house at minimum costs. As physical effort and time are required, most people choose to let professionals handle this job, but you can also do it yourself following some simple steps.
The first step is to drill or rack the old mortar from the needed areas using special tools that won’t scratch the bricks. A stiff brush can be used afterwards to eliminate the excess. Then, create the new mortar mixture by mixing mortar and water until you get the perfect texture. Apply the mixture with a special pointing tool until you fill all the joints. Make sure you shape the mortar when it’s still wet to create a compact filling. Finally, wait a few hours for the mortar to set, and then finish the job by sliding a piece of wood along it.
Guest post by Brick Restoration Ltd.