How to choose the right repointing/tuckpointing craftsman

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:IMG_7261

  • 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:

  1. 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.   

Tuckpointing & Repointing – what you need to know:

The difference between ‘repointing’ and ‘tuckpointing’

As a building or home owner, have you ever struggled to understand the difference between ‘repointing’ and ‘tuckpointing’? Or maybe you’re simply unsure what each process is? We know there’s a lot of you out there, and that’s okay! In this blog we hope to clear up a few of your common misconceptions and explain:

  • The difference between repointing and tuckpointing
  • When & why you might consider repointing or tuckpointing your home/building

So what’s all this ‘pointing’, you ask? Well, if the image of someone pointing their fingers has entered your mind…Let us get you on the right track.

Pointing, is the original name given to the technique of inserting mortar between bricks. it received it’s name because the mortar was shaped with the point of the trowel. Today, there are a multitude of techniques used to create brick joints, but the pointing foundation remains strong.

Not all buildings or homes are able to stand the test of time without a little wear and tear. Extreme weather conditions (especially in Australia) and outside elements can cause the original mortar to decay and crumble. Allowing your home or building’s mortar to decay could possibly lead to a structural disaster. This is where the art of repointing comes into effect.

Repointing and Tuckpointing, the difference:

Repointing, is the process of restoring the decayed mortar between your brick and stone. It’s an intricate procedure that requires a skilled craftsman to remove the old and insert new mortar that closely matches original texture and colour.

Tuckpointing, is less restorative and more of a decorative process, which commences once the brick or stone mortar is effectively repointed. it’s the application of a fine white or black line on top of the joint.

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Tuckpointing

So, when & why might you consider repointing/tuckpointing your building?

If you allow your brickwork to fall into disrepair, not only do you run the risk of compromising your building’s safety and structure, you could potentially cause a huge financial burden in the future once the damage increases.

If you’re starting to notice crumbling, cracking or rising damp – it could be time to give your home a much needed health check and consult with a brick repointing specialist.

The ultimate benefits of repointing your building include:

  • Maintaining the integrity and strength of the walls that surround and protect you and your loved ones.
  • Protecting yourself financially, by restoring your building now, before you might require extensive and expensive work.

Looking to increase your homes value? Want to create a stunning visual that highlights your buildings period features? Or maybe you’re simply looking to maintain a cost-effective building? These are just some of the many reasons why homeowners, just like you, choose tuckpointing.

Always remember, effective repointing and tuckpointing is truly an art form, which more often than not extends beyond the skill set of a bricklayer. You will require a true craftsman that understands and respects the tuckpointing and repointing procedure.

We hope this blog has helped to clear a few things up for you and will assist you in making the right decisions for your home/building. In light of making good decisions, stay tuned for our next blog where we’ll provide you with tips and advise on choosing the right craftsman for the job!

Of course, if you’d like more information & advice on repointing or tuckpointing procedures, or you’re interested in an obligation free consultation and quote on all brick repointing/tuckpointing solutions in Sydney, call us today on 0450 942 080 or click here to request a free quote.