Kansas City Masonry Contractor | Brick/Stone Tuck point Masonry | Kansas City Metro Area
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.
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.
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.
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.
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