Also known as “pointing” and “repointing,” tuckpointing becomes necessary when the mortar becomes loose, threatening the stability of the structure. While brick can last 100 years, mortar lasts just 20-30 years, depending on exposure to the elements. If your building has deteriorated mortar joints, tuckpointing will help maintain the integrity of the wall system and keep water from deteriorating the brick as well.
Chimneys are far more exposed to wind, rain, snow and ice than masonry walls. Mortar joints also suffer the effects of continued expansion and contraction due to the heat of the fire and cold exterior temperatures. Left unrepaired, chimney damage can potentially cause damage to people or property. It is important to treat the problem sooner rather than later because once mortar begins to deteriorate, it can quickly turn into a much more expensive repair. Shamrock Tuckpointing has repaired hundreds of chimneys, and is fully licensed and insured.
Caulking & Sealing
Moisture is the enemy of brick, and if it finds its way into brick, the freezing and thawing cycle will cause the brick to spall. When this happens the brick offers no structural support to the masonry wall and the problem will quickly spread to surrounding brick. The only solution is to cut out the damaged brick and replace it. Shamrock Tuckpointing has extensive experience in brick repair and replacement and understands homeowners concerns for a seamless repair.
Failed and deteriorated caulking should be properly removed, and new sealant applied and tooled for a proper watertight seal, Caulking seals joints between masonry and non-masonry surfaces and is essential to keeping out moisture. Shamrock Tuckpointing expertly installs caulking and sealant products to ensure a watertight building. All windows and doors, perimeter, control and expansion joints should be sealed using a variety of materials such as polyurethane, butyl rubber and silicone caulks.