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When should I look at getting my home brickwork repointed?

When trying to find out whether or not the brickwork of your house needs repointing to make sure that you look for a few key things first:

  1. Cracks in the mortar are clearly visible.
  2. Gaps between the mortar and masonry.
  3. Loose structures (like the brickwork above)
  4. Damp surfaces on the masonry.
  5. Water infiltration on the interior walls/damp patches.


If you do see any of these things happening, then please ensure that you give us a call to receive a FREE no-obligation quote for your homes brickwork repair.

How to repoint your own brickwork.

When considering completing your own brickwork, you have to consider whether or not undertaking such a task is beyond your own abilities. Usually repointing brickwork is a relatively easy thing to do, however, if you come across something that needs urgent attention then please contact a brickwork specialist before moving forward.

Step 1

Raking Out the Old Mortar
Ensure that you remove all mortar to a minimum depth of 15mm ensuring that you remove all dust and remanence of the previous mortar, failure to complete this step properly, may result in the new mortar not sticking, resulting in new cracked mortar across all your hard work.

We highly suggest investing in a electric mortar remover that can be attached to most angle grinders.

Step 2

Repointing the Brickwork
For this step you will need to invest in either a manual mastic or electric powered mortar feeder. These tools are essential to ensure that you get enough mortar far enough into your newly created cracks to make a difference.

It is very important the new joint is completely filled with mortar and as best possible, is of equally density and finished with the same surface pressure.

Step 3

Finishing the Mortar Joint
For the final step, you will need to finish the mortar to suit the needs of the application. There are three different types of finishes, being; Bucket Handle, Weatherstruck and Recessed (See Below)

Once you have completed these steps, you will have a newly pointed brickwork... or you could hire us to do it all for you!

Types of Repointing Finishes.

Bucket Handle Finish

A concave profile, the finish can be produced with a shaped piece of round bar, that is used on the handle of a bucket. This method provides good resistance to rain and can offer a clean uncluttered look with many styles of brick.

Weatherstruck Finish

A downwards angled profile, sometimes with the addition of an extended (cut) lower edge. The overall objective is to deflect or ‘shed’ the water off the wall. Provides good weather resistance, popular in wetter countries.

Recessed Finish

A flat vertical profile where the finished face is within the joint, typically ‘recessed’ 3 to 5 mm from the outer face of the bricks. Generally adopted as a means of adding a shadow effect to the façade. Not for weather exposed walls!