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Understanding Masonry Repair, Restoration, And Tuckpointing

Brick work and other masonry are durable and long-lasting. However, nothing lasts forever, and masonry can be prone to cracking or chipping. Not only is such disrepair unsightly, it can reduce the effectiveness of the underlying structure. So if you see issues with your home's masonry, you may need one of the following techniques performed.

Masonry Repair

One of the most common techniques for solving masonry issues is masonry repair. Masonry repair technicians, like those at A-1 Rooftop Chimney Sweep, will maintain and look after masonry. However, at the heart of their job is repair of underlying issues.

Naturally, early detection and repair is the best practice. If the issue is relegated to a small section of the masonry, the contractors will remove the damaged section and replace it with new masonry. Indeed, they might only need to caulk a crack.

However, if the crack or broken section is large, the contractors may need to use more involved processes. These processes can include sand-patching or even concrete filling.

Masonry Restoration

Masonry restoration isn't as common as masonry repair. Indeed, the techniques are usually applied to historic buildings, which are at least 50 years old and feature some significant cultural or architectural attributes. As Masonry Magazine points out, masonry restoration and other upkeep may be necessary to keep these buildings relevant in the modern era.

Restoration specialists utilize many of the same techniques as repair experts. However, they must ensure the new masonry is period-appropriate. They'll have to start with a complete assessment of the building to see what types of materials and construction methods the original builders used. They'll then develop a plan of action for restoration.

Said plan can include protecting horizontal surfaces, such as balconies and cornices, with sealant or other barriers. If the system itself shows an issue, they may need to apply more in-depth repair and restoration.


Tuckpointing is almost a cross between repair and restoration. Contractors essentially caulk in between the bricks to create the illusion of very fine joints in a wall.

With the old-style method of wall construction, the builders would have to choose small bricks and lay them with fine white mortar, usually made of lime. They'd have to set the bricks very close to each other and keep the mortar thin.

With tuckpointing, builders can use bigger bricks. They cut channels in the bricks to resemble mortar lines. And rather than set each small brick individually, they can fill in the gaps with white pipe clay or putty. The technique allows modern masonry specialists to replicate the historical practices without the associated time and cost.

Have your masonry repaired or restored to keep your home beautiful and functional.