Why Tuckpointing is The Perfect Solution For Brick Chimney Repair

Chimney in need of tuckpointing
There are few features that look better on a house than a well-designed chimney - assuming the chimney’s well-maintained. That’s the good news. Since chimneys tend to be constructed of brick, maintenance is actually a pretty simple affair, and doesn’t have to be done too often. But chimney repair does still have to be carried out occasionally. Harsh weather can cause a lot of damage to mortar joints in any brickwork, especially chimneys. Over time, rain causes mortar to weaken and erode, while

The Trick To Tuckpointing Windows

Tuckpointing Windows
When it comes to repairing brick mortar on one of your properties, one of the most frequent problem areas is around window frames. There are a few reasons why tuckpointing windows is more difficult than tuckpointing walls. Firstly, the difference in temperature and moisture around the window frame is likely to be far more pronounced than it would be elsewhere - you’ve got heat drifting outside during winter, and air conditioning during the summer. Secondly, insufficient propping during window

How Restoring Painted Brick Improves Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Restoring Painted Brick can Increase Home Value
Any real estate professional knows that when it comes to selling a property, a positive first impression makes all the difference in the world. When it comes to property value, curb appeal is essential in making a sale. Now there's research to back that up. When prospective buyers view a property, the majority (43.1%) decide whether or not to make an offer within the first five minutes of viewing. Of that number, the decision-making process of more than 20% involves how the walls on the exterior

Questions To Ask A Concrete Contractor

Ask your Concrete Contractor these Questions
Before you hire a concrete contractor to work on your property, you need to find the right crew for the job. This list of questions will help ensure that you do. Whether you need to replace a damaged, cracked sidewalk or install a new driveway, working with concrete can be difficult and time-consuming. As with any other home construction project, trying to do it yourself could wind up costing you more in the long run than springing for a contractor from the start. Of course, in that same vein,

Why Concrete Cracks (And What To Do About It)

Cracked Concrete
Whether it's roads, driveways, sidewalks, or parking slabs, eventually, almost every kind of concrete cracks. It’s an inevitable element of the wear and tear suffered by a property - the same as paint peeling, garden plants dying, or walls getting dirty. Whether or not cracked concrete is a serious problem or just a cosmetic flaw depends on the type and location of crack. Let's look at some of the different ways concrete can break down. Why Is My Concrete Cracked? Plastic Shrinkage Concrete

How Much Does a Roof Cost? Tips for Estimating the Cost of Replacing Your Roof

New Roof Cost
Roofs usually last 12-20 years and can be expensive to replace. But planning, estimating, and researching can help you determine the cost and save some cash. So, how much does a roof cost? There are many factors that impact the cost of your building project. Here are some tips for figuring the price of replacement. Preparation is necessary before the new roof can be added. Removal of shingles and inspection of existing plywood and flashing will factor into the cost. If your chimney or other

How Long Does Tuckpointing Last?

Maintenance is the key to long lasting brick work
It’s a common mistake made by countless home repair novices - improper maintenance of brickwork. The idea seems to be that because brickwork is a lot more durable and requires less maintenance than, say, wood paneling, it can just be left alone. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. While the bricks themselves tend to last for a very long time (more than a century, and thats a conservative estimate), the mortar that holds them together is another story altogether. Due to wear and tear

The Do's And Dont's of Restoring Old Brick Buildings

Old brick building in need of restoration
Brickwork looks great when it’s well-maintained. Unfortunately, in a lot of older properties it isn’t. Restoring old brick improves curbside appeal, and keeps you building in good condition. It can also help increase resale value of older buildings. If your vintage brick building is looking run down and needs some attention, you’ll want to restore the brickwork. That’s no easy task, though. Before you get all gung-ho and dive into a tuckpointing project, here are a few pointers for you. Do:

How Much Does Tuckpointing Cost, Really?

DIY tuckpointing costs more than you think
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could handle everything ourselves? If we had the necessary technical knowledge to do everything from electrical work, to car repairs, to tuckpointing? There’d be no need for contractors or mechanics, and everyone would save a ton of money. Unfortunately, the real world doesn’t work that way. While it’s true that you can save money by tackling a home construction project by yourself, that doesn’t mean that you will. Put another way, just because you can replace, repair,

Questions To Ask A Tuckpointing Contractor

Ask your tuckpointing contractor these questions
If you need to hire a contractor to do tuckpointing work these questions will help you decide if who's qualified to work on your home or business. Not everyone has the time or skill to do tuckpointing work on their own. Fortunately, there are plenty of contractors out there who are both willing and capable of doing the job for you. Trouble is, not all contractors are created equal. If you’re not careful about who you hire, you could wind up with damaged masonry, shoddy brickwork, a fistful of