Tuckpointing is a type of masonry repair work that involves replacing damaged or deteriorating mortar joints between bricks, stone, or other masonry units. It gets its name from the "tuck" - the thin strip of pointing mortar that is tucked into the joint.
The process involves raking out old, crumbling mortar to a depth of around 1/2 inch or more, and replacing it with new mortar that matches the color, texture, and tooling of the original mortar joints. Properly done tuckpointing not only improves the aesthetic appearance of the masonry, but also helps prevent water penetration and damage.
Some key steps in the tuckpointing process include:
- Prepping the walls by removing any vegetation, cleaning with water or chemicals, and marking out joints needing repair.
- Raking out old mortar using hand chisels and grinders to get to sound, stable mortar. Mortar should be removed to a uniform depth.
- Removing any loose bricks or replacing damaged masonry units as needed.
- Dampening the joints before applying new mortar to prevent excess moisture absorption.
- Repointing the joints by filling them with fresh mortar closely matching the original in composition, color and tooling. Proper repointing involves compacting the mortar well and tooling to match existing joints.
- Cleaning up when finished and allowing the repointed joints proper curing time before exposure to rain.
Proper tuckpointing requires expertise, the right materials, and careful workmanship. Done correctly, it can restore stability, improve drainage, prevent interior damage, and bring back the original aesthetic of the masonry. Our experienced professionals provide high-quality tuckpointing services to prolong the life of your masonry.