So you’ve begun to notice that the brick walls surrounding your home aren’t exactly standing as strong as they used to. Maybe the mortar is beginning to crumble or perhaps your brick facade could simply use a much needed face lift. Whichever the case, first things first, you’ll need to find the best craftsman fit for the job.
As a home or building owner, we’re sure you understand how common it is to require repair or maintenance work on your home. When pipes burst or electrics fail, you’ll ensure that you find only the most qualified plumber or electrician for the job. You wouldn’t hire a painter with an interest in electrics to re-wire your house, right? (We hope not). Well, the same principle should apply when looking for someone to repair or restore your bricks and mortar.
We understand that it’s not always easy or straight-forward to find the right craftsman. Sometimes you simply just don’t have the time and therefore go for the cheapest or quickest quote available. However, if you’re ready to spend your hard-earned money on your home, don’t risk dealing with unnecessary costings in the future because you didn’t choose the right craftsman, the first time.
Finding the WRONG craftsman could possibly lead to:
- Extensive damage to original bricks, leaving your home in worse repair than before
- Future financial burden – having pay for someone else to fix the botched job
- Your home being de-valued due to damage caused by inexperience
Too often, homeowners just like you have hired under-qualified bricklayers who have botched their repointing and left houses in a worse state than when they started. This is the last thing you’ll want to deal with, which is why you should familiarise yourself with the markings of a skilled and experienced repointer/tuckpointer.
The RIGHT craftsman should:
- Carefully remove decayed mortar (only where necessary) to the proper depth and profile with the least possible damage to existing bricks
- Prepare new mortar that matches the original, allowing for breathability and movement
- Replace mortar with accuracy and colour match to original joints
- Maintain cleanliness throughout the entire process to ensure extensive cleaning of the final wall is not necessary.
Our top three tips to help you secure the best repointer/tuckpointer for the job:
- Before contacting anyone – do your research:
Prior to requesting quotes or contacting repointing companies, conduct a little research of your own – simply to give yourself a better understanding of what your building may require and what skills you should expect from your craftsman. Building your knowledge arms you with the right questions to ask once you’re being quoted, and therefore can help you make the right decision when choosing a potential repointer. Unsure what service you’re looking for? Check out our previous blog on the difference between repointing and tuckpointing.
2. Ask, ask, ask:
Ask your craftsman plenty of questions during the quoting process, but remember it’s equally important to ensure you’re asking the right ones. Don’t get too caught up on costings initially, first focus on questions like:
- What is your licence number? Do you have public liability insurance?
- What qualifications or expertise do you posses?
- How long have you and your workers been repointing or tuckpointing?
- What is your process for removing mortar? What mortar do you use?
- How will you ensure the site remains clean?
Never hesitate to ask for more detail regarding your quote. If there’s anything on there you don’t understand, it always helps to double check.
3. Check references and previous work:
Not only should you check your chosen company’s website and gallery, don’t be afraid to ask them for references or addresses of previous work they’ve completed so you can have a look for yourself. All good repointers and tuck pointers are proud to show off their work. Live near someone who just had their building done? Ask them who they used and whether they would recommend them.
Don’t forget that Premier Pointing are always happy to answer your queries when it comes to finding the best repointer or tuck pointer for your next project. If you’d prefer to work with a highly experienced and qualified team, call us today on 0450 942 080 or request a free quote.