Repointing is the process of renewing the 'pointing, which is the external part of mortar joints, in masonry construction.
Over time, weathering and decay cause voids in the joints between masonry units, usually in bricks, allowing the undesirable entrance of water. Water entering through these voids can cause significant damage through frost weathering and from salt dissolution and deposition.
Don’t underestimate the importance of pointing. When it comes to brickwork and stonework, the mortar can account for around 15 per cent of the overall surface area and has a huge overall impact on the quality of your wall.
Done badly, with poorly mixed mortar spread all over the brick itself, and/or if the mortar is too dominant, it can spoil even the best brick — done well, it can give an alluring texture and shadow to any elevation.
As the primary defence against water ingress, as well as having a vital structural role, mortar is a critical aspect of a home’s maintenance schedule and shouldn’t be ignored. When taking on older homes it should be high on the priority list — it can often be a source of leaks and damp in homes in need of wider renovation.
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