Repointing Plymouth Devon (PL1): Regardless of what age your property or home is in Plymouth, there will come a moment when a bit of maintenance is needed. If you have noticed the mortar between the bricks on your Plymouth property is cracking or crumbling, you need expert assistance to stop the issue from deteriorating further. If you have the need to renovate or repair your weakened brickwork, an established brick repointing company in Plymouth will offer an efficient solution.
The construction of any home is only as strong as the bricks and mortar. The mortar must be sound, without any holes or gaps to be able to repel any draughts and dampness from finding a way into your home. But how can you tell exactly when you need to do repointing your house in Plymouth?
Essentially, you need to take a close look at the state of the bricks and mortar of your outside walls. Repointing is usually required if you can visually identify a problem area. It may be better to bring in a specialist to examine remote and hard to reach sections such as chimney stacks or under eaves, but in most houses you should be able to spot any signs of deterioration quite easily.
It is not only the visual appearance that's at risk if your property in Plymouth needs repointing, there are issues of safety to also consider. The structural strength of your Plymouth property relies on the condition of the mortar, and badly defective sections can adversely impact on this. In higher structures and houses with chimney stacks, any weakness in the integrity of the building can have serious implications in respect to property damage and risk of harm.
It may be that eroding or missing mortar is the result of damaged bricks. A local Plymouth repointing contractor will replace any defective bricks before completing the mortar repointing to achieve the best possible finish to your property.
It could be a situation where in past times your Plymouth home's external brick walls have been plasterered over or painted. If you begin to notice bubbling, flaking or cracks of the render or paint it could point to more serious damage under the surface coating. Inspection of this problem, by a repointing specialist is the only practical way to make certain the damage does not spread further and cause structural issues as time goes on. Through the use of a qualified and reputable repointing company you will keep the exterior walls of your house in the best possible condition.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS IN REPOINTING BRICKWORK IN PLYMOUTH?
It can take quite a while to repoint a whole house and, subject to your property, can also entail working at considerable height. To allow a repointing business to accurately determine the restorative work that's required on your home they will first need to carry out a visual survey. This survey will enable them to provide you with an estimate for the the whole job. Always get two or three price quotes and don't always assume cheapest is best.
If you have hard to reach parts of your home that couldn't be checked out in the initial site survey, a further inspection with long ladders and perhaps scaffolding could be required. This second survey may uncover different trouble spots that could have an impact on the original price quote. If you have an older home in Plymouth that is more than 60 years old, it's far more likely to require restorative work on repointing than a more contemporary structure.
Reparation work can begin as soon as the problem areas have been confirmed and agreed with the property owner. Even single storey buildings and bungalows might need some type of scaffold to provide a sturdy platform for your repointing team. A form of protective shielding or sheeting should then be secured to the outside of the scaffold. This might be plastic sheeting to collect any dust and debris that's created during the repair work.
Wires and pipework might have to be removed or adjusted to permit easy access to the walls behind them. This is of course only temporary and they'll be put back in their appropriate position once all reparation work has been completed.
To enable the repointing team to get to the affected brickwork, any pebble-dash, paint or rendering will now have to be removed before work may start. The brickwork behind such coverings will be cleaned and sanded to make sure that the finish on your walls is consistent.
A reliable Plymouth repointing company will be glad to mock up a test panel on your property in order to allow you to picture the different mortar finishes that are available, (Recessed, Weather Struck, Tuck or Flush pointing). This will help you to get a good idea of the finished result and make sure that you are satisfied with the finished product with regard to style and colour.
The next step is to remove the old, crumbling mortar by raking and scraping out the joints. This can be quite a laborious process where the old mortar and any dust or loose debris has to be painstakingly removed to provide a good binding surface for the new mortar. Any door and window openings will be given extra attention by the repointers to prevent any excess applications of mortar or distortion of the frames which could cause problems in their opening and closing.
Before any fresh mortar is administered, the walls will be dampened to prevent it from setting too rapidly. This keeps the mortar flexible and allows it to dry out at a slower pace to avoid cracking and generating a weak joint. When it is sufficiently dry it's time to clean off any smears and excess mortar from the surrounding brickwork. A wire brush can be used to clean the brickwork which have been finished before moving on to the next portion of the wall needing work.
It's possible that as the repointers are doing their work they could find cracked bricks that need replacing, or perhaps an issue with a chimney stack or lead flashing, and an experienced repointer will be ideally placed to perform these repair work as they progress.
Any paint, rendering or other wall coverings that you require will be re-applied once all the remedial repointing work has been concluded. After the pipes and TV and satellite cables have been put back into positionthe scaffold will be removed and all the debris and waste disposed of.
The repointing of your house by a competent Plymouth company should mean that you won't need to deal with your exterior brickwork for another fifty years or so. Warranties should be offered for the reparation work and they should have an affiliation with manufacturers and providers from the building industry giving cover for substandard materials.
If a repointing company has accreditation or qualifications from trade associations such as the FMB (Federation of Master Builders), the NFBC (National Federation of Building Contractors) and the NHBC (National House-Building Council), you can be reassured you are working with a respected and professional provider. Furthermore, each worker on the repointing crew who carries out work on your house should be a holder of a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) to prove that they have the appropriate skills and training to be part of the project.
Plymouth Repointing Tasks
There are a wide range of tasks that can be undertaken by your local Plymouth repointing specialist including repointing work on mortar joints, brickwork crack repairs Plymouth, repairs to damaged brickwork Plymouth, cheap re-pointing Plymouth, the renovation of damaged brickwork Plymouth, repointing price quotes, mortar raking, repointing of brickwork, residential repointing, pointing and re-pointing crazy paving, repointing of garden walls, stone repointing, repointing stone walls Plymouth, ribbon pointing and repointing, the repointing and pointing of brickwork, the repointing of brick joints, mortar rake grinding Plymouth, pointing mortar joints, bucket handle repointing, and lots more.
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