Masonry

Causes of Brick Spalling

Spalling is the deterioration of concrete by crumbling or flaking. The main cause of spalling is water. When brick is exposed to water consistently, some of the water is absorbed through the porous material of the brick. When this water freezes and thaws repeatedly, it causes the brick to fall apart.

Other sources of spalling are high pressure washing, water hitting the wall directly by driving rains, water from downspouts, gutters and roofs and water seeping up from the soil. Vapor air escaping through the wall from inside the building, chemical cleaning and non-breathable brick sealers are additional causes.

Most Common Cause

Tuckpointing Fireplace Masonry

Cozy Warm FireplaceTuckpointing fireplace masonry is an indoor job that might also require you to consider, if exposed and accessible, tuckpointing the chimney masonry above the fireplace and outside.

Tuckpointing fireplace masonry is important because, apart from keeping the masonry looking tidy and clean you need to reduce any risk of fumes from the fire escaping into your room, or indeed any uneven draughts developing in the fire itself.

Before you Start Tuckpointing

Techniques for Cutting Brick

You might think that there’s nothing to the technique for cutting brick, if you’ve ever seen a builder taking a brick in one hand and, with a bricklayers trowel in the other, look by eye and then strike the brick cutting it neatly exactly along the required line.

Thinset Mortar

Thinset mortar is made from a combination of cement, aggregates and special additives designed for setting all sorts of tile, stone, marble and thin brick pavers over concrete or masonry surfaces. Thinset mortar is usually available in white and gray. It is meant for use on interior horizontal surfaces either above or below grade. In this article, we will give you some useful tips for choosing and applying a thinset mortar around your home.

Preparing Surfaces

Cleaning Brick Siding

small brick houseIf you’ve just moved into a new property and are concerned that some of the brick siding is looking rather shabby and unsightly you can improve its appearance simply by cleaning brick siding that’s not looking at its best. Alternatively if you’ve been living in the property for some while, regularly cleaning brick siding will not only help to keep the appearance of your property looking smart but could also just prevent any lasting damage to it.