Repointing Lewes East Sussex (BN7): All buildings in Lewes at some point will need a bit maintenance. If you have noticed the cement or mortar between the bricks on your Lewes home is cracking or crumbling, you'll need specialist help to stop the problem from worsening. A professional brick repointing specialist in Lewes will offer a cost effective solution to repair your brickwork and make sure that it remains watertight.
It's the bricks and mortar that make a building sturdy and secure against the elements. To keep a house dry and warm the mortar has to be in sufficiently good condition to stop any draughts and damp from forcing its way in through gaps or holes. It's fairly easy to establish when you may need repointing?
Essentially, you need to take a close look at the mortar and bricks of your exterior walls. If you discover damaged areas or sections that look different to the rest of the property, you may want to speak to a professional repointing company for a more thorough investigation. In places such as on chimneys or under eaves it may be necessary to use a professional to check, but in most cases you ought to be able to see for yourself the physical signs of degradation.
It is not only aesthetics that are in jeopardy if your property in Lewes needs to be repointed, there are safety issues to also consider. The structural integrity of any Lewes house is only as reliable as its mortar and bricks. If this is impaired, the structure can become unstable, which in the case of chimneys or taller buildings, can cause serious damage and risk to life.
If you are restoring an older property or your mortar has been neglected for years, you might also need to restore brickwork that's been damaged or weakened. Any defective brickwork discovered during the inspection by the contractor will be repaired or replaced before any mortar repointing is completed.
If the exterior walls of your Lewes property have been plasterered over or painted in the past you may notice patches that are prone to dampness or discoloured. If there are any signs of bubbling, peeling or other damage to rendered and painted brickwork, it may be a warning of issues with the bricks or mortar letting moisture to seep into the walls. Inspection of this issue, by a professional company is the only practical way to ensure that the damage doesn't spread more widely and lead to structural issues as time goes on. A decent repointing company in Lewes can achieve this and help keep your property in the best condition.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR REPOINTING BRICKWORK IN LEWES?
Repointing is a lengthy process and can involve working at height, subject to the design of your property. The first thing a repointing contractor will do is a visual inspection to ascertain the damage and requirements to your property. A thorough inspection is the best way by which a repointing company can give you an itemised quotation for the level of work that is needed on your brickwork. It is always advisable to get estimates from different repointing specialists in Lewes and examine the standard of service offered between them.
A further site survey might be needed when you accept a quote and might involve the use of step ladders, or even scaffolding, to get to hard to reach sections of your home. It's quite possible that this more thorough survey may uncover more problems that may increase the initial quotation. If you've got an older house in Lewes which is over 60 years old, it's more likely to need remedial repointing work than a more modern building.
As soon as the problems have been identified then reparation work can commence. Even bungalows and single storey buildings might need some form of scaffold to provide a secure working platform for your repointing team. A form of protective sheeting or shielding will then be secured to the outside of the scaffolding. This helps to avoid any property damage and minimise the injury risk to anyone in the immediate working area.
Any external wires, such as satellite or TV, will be unfastened from the walls and any pipes may be removed or adjusted to allow access to the brickwork behind. This is only a temporary measure and they'll be put back in their appropriate position when all work has been accomplished.
To allow the repointers to access the brickwork in question, any paint, pebble-dash or rendering will now have to be removed before work can commence. The brickwork that's hiding behind such outer coverings will be sanded and cleaned to make sure that the finish on your walls is uniform.
To help you decide on the kind of repointing finish to your walls, a decent Lewes repointing company will be happy to show the various pointing styles (Flush, Tuck, Weather Struck or Recessed), by creating a test panel on your wall. This test panel will enable you to visualise how each of the methods compares with one another and also which one matches the style of your home best.
The joints in the brickwork are now vigorously raked out to remove the old, damaged mortar and clear the gaps between the bricks. This is a laborious procedure where the old mortar and any dust or loose debris must be painstakingly removed to produce a satisfactory bonding surface for the new mortar. The repointing team will be especially watchful around windows, doors and other openings where movement in the brickwork or over application of mortar can cause difficulties in closing and opening them.
So that the new mortar does not dry out too quickly, the brickwork will be damped down before the new pointing is started. This makes sure that the mortar remains flexible and enables it to dry out at a gentler pace to avoid cracking, which can lead to a weak joint. During the mortar application there'll be excess mortar and smears on the brickwork that can look sloppy, however this can be removed once it has properly dried. A wire brush is used to clean the wall areas that have been finished before moving on to the next portion of the wall needing work.
It's quite possible that as the repointing team are doing their work they could find cracked bricks that need replacing, or perhaps issues with lead flashing or a chimney stack, and an experienced repointer will be in a position to carry out these repairs as they progress.
Once the entire building is repointed and cleaned, and if you would like to re-paint the bricks or re-apply the rendering, now is the time to complete this. After the cables and pipes have been put back in place the scaffolding will be taken down and all waste and debris disposed of.
A professional Lewes repointing and bricklaying specialist will provide a service that should be good for another 60 years. All work should be carried out with a warranty of at least twelve months and have the backing of affiliations from the construction industry.
If a repointing company has qualifications or accreditations from bodies like the FMB (Federation of Master Builders), the NFBC (National Federation of Building Contractors) and the NHBC (National House-Building Council), you can be confident you are dealing with an experienced and qualified provider. Moreover, each and every worker on the repointing team who works on your house should be a holder of a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) to demonstrate they have the relevant skills and training to be working on the project.
Repointing work can be done in Lewes and also nearby in: Barcombe, Southerham, Stoneham, Ringmer, Falmer, Glynde, Sout, Isfield, Glyndebourne, Laughton, Ovingdean, Burgess Hill, Southease, Offham, Woodingdean, South Malling, Wallands Park, Cooksbridge, together with these postcodes BN7 1ND, BN7 1AA, BN7 1BQ, BN7 1EN, BN7 1DJ, BN7 1HX, BN7 1QH, BN7 1EB, BN7 1RD, BN7 1JY. Local Lewes repointing specialists will most likely have the postcode BN7 and the telephone code 01273.
Lewes Repointing Tasks
There is a wide range of work that can be undertaken by your local Lewes repointing specialist including ribbon repointing, mortar rake grinding Lewes, the repointing of slabs Lewes, strap pointing and re-pointing, bucket handle pointing and re-pointing, the repointing of brickwork joints, the lime pointing of brickwork and stonework, pointing paving, repointing crazy paving Lewes, chimney repointing, re-mortars to brick joints Lewes, lime mortar pointing and re-pointing, brick joint renovation, repointing services Lewes, repairs to cracked brickwork, stone wall repointing, cheap repointing Lewes, brickwork joint raking, patio repointing Lewes, and lots more.
Repointing Enquiries East Sussex
Recent East Sussex repointing requirements: Michelle and Musa Simmons recently requested a quote for repointing an old stone cottage in Portslade By Sea. Salma Sheldon and Imran Sheldon recently enquired about the possibility of repointing a bungalow in Hollington. Mr and Mrs Rayner recently asked for a quote for rebedding and repointing a roof on a cottage in Plumpton, East Sussex. Inaya Cheung recently enquired about the possibility of repointing a chimney stack on a semi-detached house in Sedlescombe, East Sussex. Orson Lamb recently enquired about repointing a semi-detached house in Ditchling. Kaia and Jago Pond recently enquired about the possibility of repointing and re-rendering a cottage in Heathfield. Mr and Mrs Singleton recently enquired about repointing a stone garden wall in Hollington, East Sussex. Danielius Wild recently enquired about repointing a terraced house in Pevensey Bay.
Repointing Specialists Near Lewes
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Other Tradespeople in Lewes
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In the last twelve months brickwork was professionally repointed in the following Lewes streets: Brickhurst Lane, Sun Street, The Gallops, The Street, Church Lane, Southover Road, Christie Avenue, South View, St Pancras Gardens, Caburn View Bungalows, Setfords Field, The Denes, Buckhurst Close, Bell Lane, The Maples, Allington Road, De Warrenne Road, St Anthonys, Smiths Lane, Downside, St Peters Place, Caburn Crescent, Berkeley Row, Church Road, Allington Crescent, Beresford Lane, The Course, Downsview Cottages, Chapel Road, School Path, and in these East Sussex postcodes: BN7 1ND, BN7 1AA, BN7 1BQ, BN7 1EN, BN7 1DJ, BN7 1HX, BN7 1QH, BN7 1EB, BN7 1RD, BN7 1JY.
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