Tuckpointing Spring Valley
A1 masonry Tuckpointing in Spring Valley have built our reputation as a specialist pointing company offering services on everything from large scale commercial properties through to smaller residential properties. Our expert team has worked on a huge variety of properties including listed buildings, castles, chapels, cathedrals and churches across D.C.
Tuckpointing is a method of masonry or stonework restoration, which requires the removal of loose or deteriorating mortar and replacement with fresh new mortar.
Tuckpointing Contractors in Spring Valley
Tuckpointing is the process of removing mortar from in between brick and then replacing it with fresh new mortar. This process is usually done to repair cracked or missing mortar joints, improve aesthetics, or to help prevent water from entering a building. Tuckpointing can be done at any time of the year, but it’s better to have it done in summer because this gives the new mortar time to cure before the cold weather arrives. You should also ensure that there is no rain forecast for at least 48 hours after the job is complete.
Tuckpointing is labor-intensive and requires highly skilled tuckpointers. This makes it quite expensive. As such, you should only have your tuckpointing done by a reliable masonry contractor. Call us today for immediate assistance!
While tuckpointing is a very effective method to restore the beauty of your home and make it last longer, there are different types of tuckpointing services available.
There are three types of tuckpointing services that you can opt for:
Rough tuckpointing is the most basic type of service available. This type of service involves chiseling out the existing mortar from the joints between bricks and replacing it with new mortar.
While rough tuckpointing requires chiseling out the old mortar, shave tuckpointing does not use this method. Instead, it scrapes off excess mortar between bricks. This method is generally used on joints that are already in good condition or have a small amount of damage.
Repoint tuckpointing is similar to rough tuckpointing but with one difference- this method uses cement instead of lime mortar to seal joints between bricks.
Lime pointing and lime mortars is one of the Tuckpointing Services we offer in Spring valley and surrounding areas.
Lime mortar for pointing is produced by a careful selection of appropriate sand, hydrated lime and water. The hydrated lime used is essentially pure calcium carbonate which has been slaked with water to create calcium hydroxide. It is a fine white powder that only reacts when mixed with other materials and then exposed to air.
The type of sand used for pointing must be free from impurities such as salt or clay. Sand should be clean and free draining and will often contain crushed flint and/or soft limestone aggregate. The sand provides the bulk of the finished mortar. Water acts as the medium to allow a reaction between the lime and sand when they are mixed together.
A joint containing lime pointing will have between 20% – 40% void space depending on the size of individual grains within the mixture and their ability to pack down. This void space allows moisture to evaporate from within the joint without causing damage to the brickwork itself. If this was not possible then any moisture trapped within these joints would wick into the brickwork leading to frost damage and later spalling.