First, we will assess your property, explain what work is required, and give you quote and time-scale of when re-pointing can be completed. In some cases, only partial re-pointing may be required. In these cases, we will do our best to match the new mortar for color and texture and for an aesthetically pleasing finish.
Loose brick and water leakage are signs that a mortar bond is failing and that repointing may be necessary. Removal of existing mortar is the most critical step in the repointing process. Standard industry practice is to remove mortar by mechanically grinding the brick joints with special diamond blades sized to the width of the joint. The depth of the cutting should be a minimum of 3/4″ deep. Then the brick and joint should be cleaned and dampened. Depending on the depth of the joint, new mortar should then be applied in layers to ensure that it bonds well with the existing mortar and brickwork.
Signs of a Problem
Your home will likely need re-pointing if you have noticed that your mortar or masonry blocks have begun to crack, fall out or disintegrate. Cracks and missing mortar will allow water to penetrate into the heart of your masonry structure, which can result in the breaking away of interior plaster walls; the rotting of wooden framing, flooring and moldings, and; the deterioration of your bricks and stones through freezing and thawing.
Our masonry company performs full service residential and commercial stone and brick restorations and repairs with a creative approach that combines old-fashioned trade principles with impeccable customer service. From constructing commercial masonry high-rises to restoring and preserving historical properties, and homes we guarantee that you will be amazed by our work. Always environmentally and historically sensitive, Capital construction has a proven record of understanding the specific needs of historic structures, landscapes, and the communities in which they exist.
Retaining walls can play a fairly important role in maintaining the safety of your property. Constructed of four main components (a base, masonry units, backfill and drainage pipes),
these structures were designed to retain masses of soil that would otherwise erode or collapse and cause extensive damages to your home or business property. Our team has
extensive experience planning and constructing retaining walls: gravity walls, terraced walls, cantilever retaining walls and anchored retaining walls. Each wall is designed to serve the
same purpose. However, the limitations and complexity of the individual designs are based upon the total mass of the soil that the structures will need to hold back.
- Gravity walls are the simplest type of retaining wall; they are only intended to hold back gradients of soil that reach heights of about 3 to 4 feet.
- Anchored walls are fairly complex and often need to be designed by an engineer; these walls can reach immense heights.