Brick Repair/Tuck Piont Brick Repair
Kansas City Masonry

Kansas City Masonry Brick and Stone Repair Specialists of Kansas City offering brick repair, stone repair, brick tuckpointing, masonry repair; Masonry Buildings



  


   Brick and Stone Veneers
   Sidewalks/Steps
   Cultured Stone
   Patios
   Fireplaces
   Retaining Walls
   Chimneys
   Thin Stone/Brick
   Brick and Stone Entry's
   Stone Flooring
   Columns/Arches
   Tuckpointing
   Outdoor Kitchens/Grills/
   Fire Pits


Kansas City Masonry Brick Repair/ Tuckpointing Case Study's
Kansas City Masonry Contractor | Brick/Stone Tuck point  Masonry | Kansas City Metro Area

Six  Things You Need to Know About Tuckpointing
1.  What is Tuckpointing Anyway?

Tuckpointing in general, refers to the process of repairing mortar joints in stone or brick masonry walls by grinding or raking out the old mortar to a certain depth, and then filling in with new mortar.  Tuckpointing is labor-intensive and a good masonry contractor can determine the scope of the work that needs to be done.

2.  When to Tuckpoint?

When you suspect your mortar is deteriorating and may need to be repaired, there is a simple test you can do before you call a masonry contractor.  Take a key and rub it across the mortar joint and see if it scratches up powdered material, if it does, then you know you're a candidate for tuckpointing.  If the masonry is still good, a key should not be able to scratch it at all.  Yes, it is that simple.  Or you can call a masonry contractor and he can evaluate the situation for you.

3. Why Tuckpoint?

When mortar is in a weakened condition, it causes moisture to break down the stone or brick masonry wall and possibly cause moisture problems behind it.  When tuckpointing is done properly, it provides a relatively waterproof mortar joint that extends the life of the wall.

4.  Another Good Reason to Tuckpoint.

Tuckpointing saves a lot of money if you do it before it's too late.  If you don't tuckpoint when your stone or brick wall needs it, the masonry wall will deteriorate to the point that the only fix is to tear it down and relay it.

5.  When is it Too Late to Tuckpoint?

You know it's too late to tuckpoint when your masonry units (brick or stone) get loose.  When this occurs, it is bad news.  The only way to repair the situation at this point is to tear down the brick and stone masonry wall and relay the whole thing again.  This, of course, costs more money to repair than it does to tuckpoint the mortar joints in the first place as mentioned earlier in point number 4 above.

Well, that's it, tuckpointing in a nutshell.  Hopefully, you now understand a whole lot more about tuckpointing, the what, the how, the why, and the when.  If you still need more help, call an experienced masonry contractor in your area and he can scope out the situation for you.

Kansas City Masonry Contractor, Kansas City   and  specializes in Stone and Brick Masonry.  He can be reached in Missouri  serves the Kansas City Metro Area.



Kansas City Masonry Brick and Stone Repair Specialists of Kansas City offering brick repair, stone repair, brick tuckpointing, masonry repair; Masonry Buildings
Kansas City Masonry Brick and Stone Repair Specialists of Kansas City offering brick repair, stone repair, brick tuckpointing, masonry repair; Masonry Buildings
The Masons CO 107 W. 9th Street, 2nd Floor, Kansas City, MO 64105
913-203-0685

Who we are?

The Masons Co and Dionysian Artificers has provided historic preservation consulting and contracting services on countless structures throughout entire Midwest region including several dozen on the National Register of Historic Places. We believe that a multi-disciplinary approach to the planning of all aspects of historic preservation projects is necessary to preserve the heritage of our built environment. As active participants in the preservation community we are appreciative of the limited resources available for the preservation and maintenance of the cultural heritage embodied in historic structures. We endeavor to provide historically appropriate, sensitive, creative, and responsible solutions to the stewards of these treasures. Our solutions are applicable to the repair of all structures including, Brick, Stone, Masonry Restoration, Fountain, Water features - buildings, high-rise structures, parking structures, airports, bridges, tanks, plaza decks, and historic structures
Historic Brick Masonry: Threats and SolutionsHistoric brick buildings are a common sight in the Kansas City area. These durable buildings have a long service life and with periodic maintenance, many have years of effective use ahead. The primary threat to masonry buildings is water.A seemingly natural reaction to this would be is to paint the building to seal out water penetration. Unfortunately the solution is not as simple as it would seem. Standard paints do not allow the breathability that historic masonry buildings require. Even if walls were sealed from the direct weather, most stone basements in historic buildings soak in water from surrounding soil and through capillary action, that water rises into the walls of the building. Under normal circumstances this water would evaporate out of the building and would not cause concern. However, when this building gets painted with a standard paint, it traps water and vapor inside the walls of the building creating a permanant damp condition. Over time, this could destroy the building and cause secondary problems such as mold and pest concerns. The second cause of water in the building envelope is due to condensation within walls. This is also a concern when considering sealing the building.The alternative to sealing the building with paint would be to re-point and repair problem spots in the exteror masonry walls. Re-pointing is the process of removing damaged mortar from the face of the walls and replacing with an appropriate mortar mix, done correctly it will match and blend with the existing building. This approach will allow the masonry to continue to breath and shed rainwater sufficiently while avoiding the problems of a water barrier. This is the way these durable buildings were designed to fuction!If design is a factor in the considerations for using paint on the exterior facade of historic brick buildings, and it is appropriate to the historic design considerations, there are paints that are specifically designed to be breathable. It is highly recommended that if you are planning on painting your brick building that you first work with a historic masonry consultant or masonry restoration company to ensure that soft mortar will not cause an expensive failure to your new finish and that the walls are dry enough to paint.Historic Masonry Re-pointing1. The MixHistoric mortar was a lime based mix rather than a portland cement based mix as modern mortars are. There are several reasons to re-point with the same type or compatible mix as what was used in the historic masonry. Using harder, less permeable modern day mortars can lead to total wall failure!as a general guidline, structures that were built prior to 1872 should be repaired with a "straight lime" mortar. Straight lime mortar is generally mixed at a 1 to 3, lime to sand ratio.
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