The importance of re-pointing
The importance of re-pointing
Re-pointing is a very important part of the building process if you are going to preserve the life, and enhance the appearance, of your house or other building. Re-pointing will prevent weather damage to your exterior walls. This is very important given that we have recently seen extremes of wind and rain in the United Kingdom. Over-time it is a truism that walls will begin to show evidence of damage and wear and tear. Re-pointing will extend the life of your walls.
A layman can sometimes tell if a building needs re-pointing. If the brickwork has a tendency to break, or is soft, and if there is deep wear to the brickwork then it is an indicator that re-pointing is necessary. However, in most cases it takes a specialist eye to see if re-pointing is needed. At Bromley and Gaines we are able to inspect your building and provide a free, no-obligation quotation as to how much re-pointing might cost. We are sure that you will be impressed with the value of our re-pointing services.
Who should carry out re-pointing?
If re-pointing is conducted poorly it may cause more problems than it solves. As re-pointing involves the removal, and replacement, of external masonry, using poor techniques or materials can cause extensive damage to your walls. In extreme cases it can even increase the damage to a building over time as it can allow damp to penetrate the walls. If you live in a historic building you may even find that the mortar used (lime mortar in some case) requires specialist building and replacement techniques.
It is therefore extremely important to employ the best possible builder when you are re-pointing your house. Bromley and Gaines have the experience necessary to make sure that your re-pointing is a success. Whether your property is a new, or period, property, they have the specialist skills required to add value to your home and make it durable to the elements for decades to come.
Re-pointing work: the essentials
There are various areas of the house and techniques that need to be used when re-pointing is conducted.
In this section we consider some of the key-points concerning re-pointing work:-
The chimney is one of the most obvious areas of the house where re-pointing is needed. It is the area which is most exposed to the elements and hence it can be exposed to significant weather damage over time. If a chimney is not re-pointed at an adequate interval it can even collapse which may mean that the brickwork begins to crumble. It may even mean that there is a danger to the roof, or to people passing below.
The exterior walls of the house are the second most frequent area for re-pointing. Over time, crumbling brick-work means that the appearance of the house may deteriorate, making it less appealing to buyers. There is also the danger that if re-pointing is not conducted it may lead to longer term structural damage.
Exterior walls and out-buildings are another area for re-pointing. This needs to be attended to, and is frequently overlooked by householders who may concentrate on the main living dwelling itself.
The correct mix of materials should be used depending on the building. Although a composite of cement and sand is frequently used this should be expressly prohibited when it comes to older properties. In this case the basis of the composite should be lime. This shows the necessity of employing a builder who is fully conversant with different building materials and techniques.
When using lime, a specialist building material, the contractor should be sure to use the correct type of lime for the re-pointing task involved. Lime putty and hydrated lime are the two main types of lime material that are used. You should always ask your builder which type of lime they will be employing and how they are going to use it.
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