Brick structures are known for standing the test of time with little maintenance or care. To keep your brick masonry looking (and lasting) its best, you may need to schedule tuckpointing and repointing services from an experienced expert. But what's the difference between tuckpointing and repointing? Let's look at each method of masonry repair and what each process entails and discuss when they're necessary.

If you still need to decide whether you need tuckpointing or repointing services, we're here to help.

At Brick Experts, our team can quickly diagnose masonry issues, suggest the proper repairs, and ensure that your brick structure lasts and looks great for decades to come.

What is Tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing is typically a preventative service that's performed to extend the lifespan of your mortar joints. The process involves the use of fresh mortar that's carefully installed in holes, cracks, and gaps that appear in your masonry structure. An experienced masonry expert will use a mortar that matches your existing structure. Hence, the repairs are entirely seamless and aesthetically pleasing.

Although it doesn't prevent repointing from being necessary in the future, tuckpointing can extend the lifespan of your bricks and keep them looking their best. When mortar deteriorates, and joints are exposed, water can seep in and lead to significant problems. Tuckpointing repairs and covers vulnerable spots so your home is protected. Best of all, tuckpointing is only necessary every few years.

What is Repointing?

Repointing is a more involved process that's reserved for more severe damage to the mortar joints. Repointing involves sealing the mortar joints that become exposed to the elements due to major damage. This process is necessary because it keeps rain, snow, and humidity from getting in and causing cracks in your masonry. Without proper repointing, water damage can quickly cause much bigger problems that are expensive to resolve.

Repointing is only necessary when major damage occurs.

An expert can quickly inspect your masonry to determine whether it's necessary. Check your structure occasionally for signs of wear and tear, especially after significant weather events that have the potential to cause damage to the exterior of your home.

Tuckpointing or Repointing, Which Is Better?

Tuckpointing and repointing are equally important—they're just solutions to different problems. Tuckpointing is a preventative maintenance strategy that protects mortar joints from being exposed to moisture and deteriorating over time. Repointing, on the other hand, repairs mortar joints that have been damaged and need extensive repair. By scheduling tuckpointing every few years, you can ensure that your masonry structure is structurally sound and able to withstand the elements. This prolongs the lifespan of your masonry and reduces the need for repointing services.

It's always best to have your masonry structure inspected by an expert. Most homeowners don't know how to spot seemingly minor issues that can quickly lead to expensive problems down the road. Small cracks in your masonry can slowly spread, leading to crumbling and, eventually, collapse. By hiring a masonry expert, you can rest assured that all preventative methods are being taken to keep your structure sound.

Tuckpointing in the DFW Texas Area

At Brick Experts, we've got decades of experience in brick repair and replacement. We proudly serve the Dallas Metroplex and surrounding areas with professional masonry services and friendly customer service.

If you want to learn more about tuckpointing and repointing, or you'd like to schedule an appointment with our masonry experts, contact us today. We'll be happy to take a look at your masonry and offer the best plan of action for repair.


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