Limestone Contracting is New York City’s best general renovations and construction contractor! At Limestone, we offer a wide range of services for commercial and residential properties all across New York City and beyond. One of our most vital services, considering that we work in NYC – a place with tons of brickwork, is known as Brick Pointing. Brick pointing, otherwise known as tuckpointing, is a process that involves repairing and restoring the mortar joints in a property’s brickwork.
Degrading Mortar Joints
Mortar joints are the visible spaces between individual bricks or stones in masonry work, filled with mortar to hold them together. Over time, mortar joints can degrade due to various factors, including weathering from exposure to harsh elements such as rain, snow, and UV radiation, causing cracking and erosion. Another common issue is thermal expansion and contraction, which can lead to joint separation and crumbling. Often, poor installation techniques, such as inadequate curing or improper mixing ratios of cement/mortar, can also contribute to mortar joint degradation. Over the years, due to general movement of the structure and settlement of cement/mortar can put stress on mortar joints, causing them to crack or break apart.
Degrading mortar joints can cause water and air to penetrate into your property, causing further damage, and affecting your property’s overall brickwork. Hampers your property’s overall aesthetic, and the structural integrity, while also increasing your utility bills.
How Does Brick Pointing Work?
The process of brick pointing involves removing the damaged or degraded mortar from the joints and replacing it with new mortar that is carefully matched to the existing mortar in color and texture. This process requires skill and precision to ensure that the new mortar is applied in a uniform manner and that the final product has a seamless appearance.
Benefits of Brick Pointing
As we mentioned, masonry work can degrade over time – it’s especially the case for older, classic buildings across New York City that are desperately in need of rehab. One of the primary benefits of brick pointing is that it can extend the life of a brick structure. When mortar joints are cracked or missing, water can penetrate the bricks and cause them to deteriorate over time – causing leaks, heating issues and more. By repairing these joints, we can prevent further damage and keep the structure in good condition for years to come.
Aesthetic Benefits of Brick Pointing
Brick pointing also offers a lot of aesthetic benefits for a residential or commercial property. Over time, the mortar joints between bricks can become discolored, making the building look old and worn.
Brick pointing allows us to clean up the look, match up the colors and replace the old, damaged, discolored brickwork and give your property a fresh, clean look that will make it more attractive to potential buyers or tenants.
Brick Pointing from Limestone Contracting!
At Limestone Contracting, we strive to complete each and every project on time and within budget, through a careful and thorough rehab process. We provide ourselves on being communicative and unlike other companies, we keep you informed, every single step of the way! Helping clients to see their project through from start to finish!
- Planning: We believe that you should always measure twice, so you only have to cut once and therefore impart a thorough and careful planning process – assessing all the work that needs to be done, all the materials needed, and even areas where leakage can occur in advance.
- Technique: At Limestone, our experienced team has the knowledge and understanding of a number of different brick pointing techniques, depending on the specific needs of your project.
- Mortar Quality: A vital aspect of any brick pointing project or brickwork in general, we make sure to choose the best quality mortar and brickwork materials, that are carefully matched to the existing mortar in color and texture.
- Building Regulations: With every project, we ensure that all brickwork (and everything else for that matter) is installed in accordance with local building codes, rules and regulations. Saving you possible fines and construction delays in the future.
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With years of experience in the industry, Limestone Contracting is NYC’s premiere construction contractor, offering high quality work for both commercial and residential properties! We combine our high level experience, and quality customer service to ensure that each and every project is completed on time and within budget.
We also offer a wide range of other general contracting services, for more information on any of these services, or to get an assessment with the team at Limestone, be sure to contact us today!