OTTO'S MASONRY OFFICE

30 Canvarco Rd Unit 6

Toronto, ON

M4G 1L3

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Tel: 416 467 1717​

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  • Otto Wilkens

Tuckpointing:  Replacing deteriorated mortar with fresh new mortar between bricks and stones

Brick and stone building will remain sound for centuries with little maintenance, unless they are subjected to elements, like in the northern climates. But even here ( in Canada ), the only threat to masonry is water followed by frost. In all cases, when we are called to do tuckpointing, it is always from a faulty eaves trough, poorly functioning window sill or water wicking up from the ground into the stone or brick walls, and then freezing. This causes the mortar to disintegrate and bricks to spall ( break up ). If you don’t let masonry walls get wet, there will be little or no maintenance.

When we do tuck pointing, we match the colour exactly and we take care to leave the texture of the new mortar the same as the adjoining mortar joints so you can hardly tell where we did a re-pointing job.

Tuckpointing

  • Otto Wilkens

Winter damage to look for in the spring:


So look around your house after a rainfall and ensure the eavestroughs are functioning and not allowing any water to spill onto the bricks. And see if the landscaping, including sidewalks, is sloping away from the house, so water isn’t pooling against the walls. Nothing much you can do about chimneys getting wet, except to ensure the chimney cap overhangs the edges so the water drips off onto the roof, and doesn’t flow down the chimney. Brick replacement is not cheap n the saturated bricks freezes and expands, shattering the bricks. This is what causes the surface of the bricks to “spall” ( break: brick, rock, stone, or concrete) into smaller pieces ).

So look around your house after a rainfall and ensure the eavestroughs are functioning and not allowing any water to spill onto the bricks. And see if the landscaping, including sidewalks, is sloping away from the house, so water isn’t pooling against the walls. Nothing much you can do about chimneys getting wet, except to ensure the chimney cap overhangs the edges so the water drips off onto the roof, and doesn’t flow down the chimney. Brick replacement is not cheap so it is best to maintain them yearly.

- Otto