Tuckpointing (Mortar)

Have you seen bricks with broken or missing mortar between them?

Tuckpointing: Pointing masonry with a flush mortar joint that comes as close as possible to matching the color of the masonry units (i.e. brick) and mortar with contrasting color

Pointing: Placing plastic mortar into joints to fill in joints completely within a new masonry structure or correct defects in existing masonry work.

Repointing: Placing wet plastic mortar into cut or raked joints to correct defective mortar joints in masonry.

Tuckpointing (sometimes also called pointing, albeit incorrectly) is a method to make brick work look more visually appealing, but it also helps improve the structural integrity of the brickwork.

Tuckpointing for Visual Benefit
Tuckpointing uses mortar as a way of using two contrasting colours of mortar in the mortar joints of brickwork, one color matching the bricks themselves, to give an artificial impression that very fine joints have been made.

Tuckpointing for Structural Benefit
Water and moisture can get between the bricks if the mortar between them has cracks or is outright missing. Not only does this look unsightly, this can cause the building’s structure to weaken. Often, applying new mortar between the bricks is all that is needed instead of repairing or replacing the actual brick(s).

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