Brick Repairs and Replacement
Bricks become damaged and spalled over time. The biggest culprit is the ingress of water and trapped moisture. Facades repaired and repointed with cement mortar cause huge damage to bricks. Cement mortar does not allow the joints to breathe preventing the egress of water. Trapped moisture goes through the freeze/thaw cycle causing the bricks to crack. Painting over a brick facade also prevents the evaporation of water.
Another modern day scourge for the brick facade home owner is the application of excessive pressure to their masonry. Cleaning methods such as pressure washing or sandblasting remove the natural patina of the brick which acts as a sealant and again causes the ingress of water.
Where bricks are damaged beyond repair they can be removed and replaced using salvaged bricks. This can be a very slow, labour intensive and expensive process. It is difficult to get exact matching bricks and requires the removal of the original materials.
Bricks can also be repaired using a specially formulated repair mortar. Our skilled craftsmen can match exactly the shape and colour of the original material and repair intricate brick work in this way.