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.

repointing

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.