Tuckpointing & Mortar Repair in Milwaukee
Tuckpointing/Repointing Services for Southeast Wisconsin
Cracks and mortar deterioration in a building’s structure are common problems for a lot of older Wisconsin buildings, and can end up making your home or storefront business looking dilapidated and old. Older masonry can also cause significant structural issues in your building, creating serious problems down the road. The weakest areas on masonry walls are openings such as windows and doors. Naturally, this is where the masonry mortar fails and causes cracking to occur. Even the tiniest crack in a building's mortar can allow water to penetrate throughout an entire chimney or window lintel.
Custom Restoration will properly fix masonry joints with tuckpointing to assure a quality finish. No matter what kind of shape your masonry joints are in, our team of experts can help you fix the problem and at an affordable price.
Keep Your Masonry Looking Good as New
Tuckpointing allows your masonry to blend your repaired bricks with adjacent masonry, making your home or building’s exterior look seamless and beautiful. At Custom Restoration, our team takes pride in making sure the right steps are taken to properly finish all tuckpointed masonry joints to assure a quality finished product!
What is tuckpointing?
Tuckpointing is when the mortar between bricks is replaced. The space between bricks is called a joint, which the mortar fills. As the mortar deteriorates over time, the joints expand, loosening bricks and eventually causing the masonry to crumble. Tuckpointing helps prevent this.
There are 3 factors to determine how successful a tuckpointing job will be:
- How skilled and experienced the mason is.
- The techniques, tools, and equipment used.
- The mortar material.
Mortar is available in different colors and qualities. An inexperienced mason with inadequate tools, poor technique, and no consideration of the existing mortar will provide a poor product. On the other hand, experienced masons like the one's here at Custom Restoration, using excellent tools, techniques, and the correct mortar will provide beautifully repurposed masonry.
How to Tell If Your Masonry Needs Tuckpointing
There are two methods for determining if your masonry needs tuckpointing. The first is to call a professional, like us, and get an expert opinion. If you prefer an easy DIY method, take a screwdriver (or something similar) and gently scrape the mortar between the bricks. If you leave behind scratches with a powdery residue or the mortar crumbles easily, you need tuckpointing done.
In bad cases, the masonry will look lopsided. In extreme cases, bricks will begin to loosen. If either of these seems to be the case, it may be too late for tuckpointing to solve the problem. One of our professional masons will be able to determine if you need more extensive masonry repair instead of a tuckpointing service.