Old masonry, whether its your indoor fireplace, the exterior walls of your home, or garden masonry such as walkways or retaining walls, can begin to look shabby and dated if allowed to fall into disrepair. Fortunately, there are options for breathing new life into old, damaged masonry. The following are a few techniques that can be used to restore the masonry on your property.
Damaged bricks can detract from both the appearance the integrity of a masonry wall. Surface damage, such as small cracks, holes, and pits, are the simplest repair. The mason can remove the brick, clean it, then flip it over so the damage is hidden once the brick is put back into place. It can be more challenging to replace badly damaged bricks if a close match in color and design can't be found. Sometimes a mason will replace a badly damaged brick in a visible area with an undamaged brick from a less noticeable spot. Then, a close match of the brick will be used in the less visible area.
Damage to the mortar between bricks is much more common than damage on the actual bricks. Fortunately, this is also the easiest type of damage to repair. Using a process called tuckpointing, the mason scrapes out all the old, crumbling mortar from between the bricks. Then they replace it with new mortar. This is a good time to change up the color of the mortar, as well. Darker mortar, for example, is less likely to show stains, dirt, or small amounts of damage. A new mortar color can also give a brick wall a whole new look.
Old brick can become quite dingy. Dirt, pollen, pollution, mildew, and algae stains dull and dirty a brick wall. On fireplaces and chimneys, soot can also add to the grime. A masonry service will use a combination of scrubbing, cleansers formulated for brick, and power washing to remove the years of dirt so that the true beauty of your old brick is revealed. It's best to have a service provide the cleaning, because damage can occur to mortar or brick if too much pressure or the wrong cleaners are used.
Finally, have your newly restored brick sealed. Sealing guards against both stains and water damage on your brick work. Sealed mortar is less likely to crumble, as well. The sealer can also brighten the color on older, dull bricks, which can be quite attractive.
For more information on revitalizing the masonry on your property, contact a masonry service near you.
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