Types of Masonry Joints

The joint is the mortar between the bricks, but there are different types of joints in brick mortar.

Here are some of the better types of brick joint types:

Flush: used to create a “smooth” brick appearance, good when planning to paint over bricks

Concave/Rodded: good for resisting rain penetration; patterns are emphasized on a dense, smooth surface; small irregularities are hidden

V-Joint: good for resisting rain penetration; often used to make a pleasant appearance, concealing joint irregularities

Beaded: good for making old-fashioned, formal design but not as water resistant as some others

Grapevine: good for use onĀ matte-finish and antique-finish brickwork; lines are often rough and wavy, simulating the generally straight yet slightly irregular appearance of a grapevine

Raked: good for emphasizing joints in brick walls but not as water resistant (since they expose edges that water can run down)

Tuckpointing: 2-color mortar technique used to make the joints look smaller. One mortar color is close to the brick’s color to “blend in,” and the other mortar color is usually white to make that little bit contrast the brick’s color

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