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Chimney Tuckpointing Extends Life
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To repair mortar joints in brick walls or chimneys, we need to "tuck" mortar into the damaged area that is cracked or has gaps. The tools used are called "pointing" trowels, hence the term Tuckpointing. This critical work can add many decades to the life of your chimney because it prevents water from entering between the bricks and cracking them or spalling the facing (popping the brick face off) during the freezing and thawing cycles that we experience in Connecticut. Our chimney sweeps do chimney repointing across CT in towns like Farmington, Avon, Glastonbury, Marloborough, Middletown and Hebron.

 

Tuckpointing is a term that stems from a technique started back in the 1800's that was used to make cheaper uneven bricks look like the more expensive "rubbed" bricks that looked all lined up nicely when finished with white mortar. Early Tuckpointers could use a less expensive brick and a matching red mortar, then use a fine line of white material and push it into the joints before the mortar set.

Tuckpointing that removes deteriorated or cracked mortar and fills it to seal the joints is needed on many chimneys that have lost their ability to stop moisture from entering the brick chimney wall. It is a real craftsman that can rake out the mortar lines with specialized hand tools and rotary grinding blades to end up with neatly presented and even rows. The rows will then be filled with white mortar material to weatherproof and repair deteriorated areas.
Today, the terms Point, Repoint and Tuckpoint are used to describe similar processes which creates a bit of confusion. There are differing methods across the country ranging from using plastic mortar to fill in joints in new masonry, to placing plastic mortar into cut or raked out joints (creating even mortar joints) and the traditional definition of using a mortar that matches the brick, then overlaying it with a strip of material in a contrasting color. Sometimes the ground out joint areas are left uncolored and the dimensional difference between the brick face and the deeper cut-out joints will look well without a colored mortar line.   chimney repointing tools used by chimney sweep in manchester ct
Specialized Hand Tools and Modern Grinding Tools
can both be used when Tuckpointing.

Mortar may typically last only 25 years, but bricks are capable of lasting more than 100 years. The key to longevity is to make sure the joints are repointed when the mortar begins to break down, decreasing the amount of water that gets into the bricks themselves. A sloppy repointing job can really look poorly and devalue your home. When you are hiring a professional chimney expert or mason to repoint your brickwork, make sure you ask to see examples of their work.

At Nayaug Chimney Services, we make sure the job is done correctly and our customers can vouch for that. Go ahead and ask for references, we are happy to provide them. Remember that just because a mason is great at doing new work it does not automatically mean they are an expert at Tuckpointing or Repointing repair work.

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