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Tuckpointing is a masonry technique used to add strength, durability, and longevity to a structure. It involves installing two different types of mortar—one a harder, stronger mortar and the other a softer, more flexible mortar—in alternating rows or patterns. The harder mortar is usually a lime-based mortar, while the softer mortar is typically a sand-based mortar. The goal of tuckpointing is to create a strong bond between masonry units, such as bricks and stones, that will withstand the elements over time.

chimney tuckpointBrick mortar joints can be restored or refilled by the procedure of tuckpointing. The term "tuck pointer" refers to the technique of packing or tucking mortar into a broken joint. For a brick wall to be structurally sound, the mortar joints are essential. They hold the bricks together, support the wall's compressive weight, and keep water out. The tuckpointing mortar, which is intended to degrade more quickly than the brick itself, is another weak point in the brick wall structure.

The process of tuckpointing begins with a thorough inspection of the structure. Masonry experts will look for any cracks or damage that has occurred to the masonry, and will then map out a plan of how to best repair the structure. This plan may include removing old mortar and patching any cracked areas before beginning the tuckpointing process. The masonry experts will then use a specialized trowel and a mixture of mortar to lay down the rows of harder and softer mortars in the predetermined pattern. This process requires a certain degree of skill and precision, as the mixture of mortar must be applied in the exact same thickness and pattern in order to provide the most strength and durability to the structure.
Once the tuckpointing process is complete, the masonry experts will then use a special tool to “point” the mortar, which involves smoothing out the rows of mortar and ensuring that the bond is as strong as possible. This is an important step, as it helps to ensure that water is unable to penetrate into the masonry and cause damage.

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Tuckpointing should be done approximately every two decades, but not too frequently. If you fix mortar when it needs it, you might avoid having to replace a brick later. If tuckpointing (or repointing) is not done when it is required, the bricks will continue to deteriorate and start to fall.

Tuckpointing is an important step in protecting masonry structures from the elements and can help to ensure that these structures remain standing for many years to come. It is a highly specialized technique that requires skill and precision and is best left to experienced masonry experts. If you are considering having tuckpointing done on your property, it is important to hire a professional with experience and expertise in the field, in order to ensure the highest quality of work and the longest-lasting results.

Even though you can tuckpoint yourself, having a professional's assistance is best, particularly when it comes to getting the mortar's color just perfect. Remember that freshly laid mortar typically differs in color from aged or weathered mortar, making it challenging to conceal the tuckpointed joints within the surrounding areas. A cement dye can be added to the mortar mixture to aid in blending the colors; this is especially useful if the old mortar has already been colored. When picking a dye for brick tuckpointing, bring a sample of the previous mortar to your masonry provider.

Brick mortar can be repaired in three different ways: tuckpointing, repointing and pointing. These words are frequently misunderstood.

  • Tuckpointing is a visually pleasing solution that involves applying two different shades of mortar to brick, one that resembles the brick's color and the other that is lighter and creates the effect of a fine joint.
  • Repointing is the process of removing deteriorated brick mortar and replacing it with fresh, uniformly colored mortar as a structural and visual improvement to stop leaks.
  • Repointing is just known by another term.
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