Repointing, Tuckpointing & Spalling Experts
Masonry repairs, if they’re going to be done properly, require expertise and experience. In order for masonry joints to function and last, they have to be placed carefully, cleanly and evenly. Materials need to be chosen carefully, so that the permeability and strength of new and old materials work together and don’t undermine the overall strength of the structure.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney technicians are extensively educated in the finer points of this process, and our attention to detail has earned us a strong reputation. We were asked to restore the fireplaces at the Governors’ Mansion in Boston, to perform several restorations at the Franklin D. Roosevelt home in Hyde Park and at various other historical sites. We’re trusted with these timeless treasures because we’re known for careful, meticulous work. And we’ll apply that same level of detail to the masonry that makes up your fireplace or chimney.
If you have damaged masonry that needs to be repaired or restored, give us a call – we can bring that fireplace or chimney back to its best.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney Can Handle All Masonry Needs
Whether you have crumbling brick or receding joints, our technicians are ready to make the proper repairs. Some masonry work that we commonly perform:
Repointing & Tuckpointing
Bricks tend to last far longer than masonry joints — we regularly see bricks in good condition after 100 years or more, while mortar joints can often begin to fail at around 25 years. But receding mortar joints don’t necessarily make a rebuild your only option. Our technicians can repair joints to provide years of additional service by repointing or tuckpointing.
This process entails grinding out existing joints so that the new mortar will adhere properly, then properly placing new mortar to create strong new, water-repelling joints.
The tricky part about repointing and tuckpointing, however, comes with older structures — masonry materials that are used today are very different from the bricks and mortar used years back, and modern materials may not work with your original building materials. Our technicians are trained to look at every chimney job individually, and to know which materials to use to make our repairs undetectable and strong, without negatively affecting the strength of your chimney stack.
Spalling generally occurs because of water intrusion — as water gets into masonry materials and then expands and contracts as it freezes and thaws, it can basically bust open the brick and mortar from the inside. This process leaves you with a crumbly mess that takes in more water, and erodes much more easily and quickly. Depending on the level of spalling damage you have, we can repair or replace damaged areas.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney technicians are experts when it comes to the detailed work of repointing/tuckpointing and repairing spalling masonry. If you have damaged masonry, call us at 518-767-9315 or click here to make an appointment!