During the winter weather, cracks and gaps in external brickwork can become larger, thanks to the freeze and thaw process. This can eventually lead to larger cracks and gaps that cause water ingress and damp. As a result, repairing this brickwork is crucial for the safety and security of your property. Repairing external brickwork is a job that should be completed by the professionals. Especially if this is part of a structural wall. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are brickwork experts. And we provide a range of high quality building services across the North West. This is our guide to everything you should know about repairing brickwork this New Year.
Repairing brickwork this New Year
Repairing brickwork generally takes a number of different forms, depending on the faults and problems caused by the damage. This includes:
- Replacing crumbling bricks
- fixing point-work/re-pointing
Replacing crumbling bricks
One of the most common problems that can occur with external, exposed brickwork, is that over time, this can crumble. This is caused by a range of factors, including:
- Frost damage- the repeated freeze and thaw process that occurs during winter months causes moisture inside the brick to contract and expand. This leads to the brick losing its topmost layer, and beginning to crumble.
- Incorrect mortar- if the mortar used in the construction of the brickwork is too dense, the bricks will be restricted in their natural expansions, and this will cause the brickwork to crumble.
The visible edge of the mortar joints between the masonry is known as pointing. Over time, these can be damaged by weather and natural movement, and this means that your point-work will need to be repaired. Re-pointing is common brickwork repair task, but it should always be handled by the professionals for a stylish, professional finish.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Gilston Building Services.