Repointing Swansea Wales (SA1): All buildings in Swansea at some point in time will require a bit maintenance. If the brickwork on your Swansea house looks a bit shabby with missing or crumbling mortar, you'll want to act fast to stop the condition from deteriorating. It's essential to keep your brickwork in tip top condition to keep your home watertight, and the most cost effective solution is to hire a brick repointing specialist in Swansea.
The soundness of any home is only as strong as the bricks and mortar. To keep a property dry and warm the mortar has to be in good enough condition to prevent any water or draughts from forcing their way in through holes or gaps. But how can you be sure exactly when you need to do repointing your home in Swansea?
Essentially, you need to have a good look at the state of the mortar and bricks of your exterior walls. Repointing is usually necessary if you can visually identify a problem area. In sections such as on chimneys or under eaves it might be necessary for a professional to check, however you ought to be able to see for yourself in most cases the physical signs of degradation.
You also need to consider the issues of safety that crumbling or deteriorating mortar joints could potentially cause. Mortar is the binding agent that holds the shape and structure together in any Swansea property, and if badly damaged can have an impact on the integrity of a structure. In taller structures and properties with chimneys, any weakness in the integrity of the building can have major consequences in respect to property damage and risk of harm.
If bricks have been damaged or weakened over the years and are a major cause of the problems with your mortar joints they might have to be removed and replaced. Any damaged bricks discovered during the survey by the repointing company will be repaired or replaced before any repointing takes place.
It could be a situation where in past times your Swansea property's exterior brick walls have been painted or plastered over. Any flaking, bubbling or discolouration of render or paint could signify damage to either bricks or mortar under the surface. An investigation of this problem, by a professional repointer is the only safe way to make sure the damage doesn't spread more widely and cause structural problems in the future. Any reliable repointing business in Swansea will be capable of performing a service like this and make certain that your property is safe and looking wonderful.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS IN REPOINTING BRICKWORK IN SWANSEA?
Repointing can be a time consuming process and can involve working at considerable height, depending on your property type. A visual inspection is the very first step in the process and will assess the extent of remedial work required on your house. This will allow them to provide you with a quote for repointing work needed. Don't assume that all repointing companies in Swansea offer the same level of service and the lowest quotation might not always be the best choice.
If you've got inaccessible sections of your property that couldn't be inspected during the original on-site survey, a further inspection with ladders and possibly scaffolding may be necessary. It could be that this more detailed survey could uncover further problems that could increase the initial quote. If your home in Swansea is over 60 years old and has never been repointed then it is quite likely to require extra work than a more contemporary dwelling.
As soon as the problems have been identified then work can begin. Even bungalows and single storey buildings might need some type of scaffolding to provide a sturdy platform for your repointing team. Once this has been erected then a method of protective shielding will be fixed in place. This sheeting should prevent any mortar dust or other debris from harming your home, or neighbours properties, and is also a safety measure to help prevent injuries to anyone passing by.
Cables and pipes will need to be adjusted or removed to enable ease of access to the brickwork behind them. Once completed all of these will be placed back into their original locations.
If your home has been pebble-dashed, rendered or painted, these will now need to be removed to allow the repointers to start the repair work. After removal of these coverings all brickwork can be sanded and cleaned to give the repointing team a standardised surface to work with.
To help you choose the style of repointing finish to your walls, a good Swansea repointing contractor will be able to display the different pointing styles (Weather Struck, Recessed, Tuck or Flush), by the creation of a test section on your wall. This should help you to visualise the finished result and make sure that you're satisfied with the finished product with regard to style and colour.
The next phase is to take out the mortar in stages by raking and cleaning out the joints in the brickwork. This painstaking process can be quite time consuming as the joints need to be cleaned of any old mortar, dust and debris in order to finish up with a good bonding area for the new mortar to be stick to. Any window and door openings will be paid extra care by the repointers to avoid any distortions of the frames or having too much mortar applied which could cause problems in their closing and opening.
One thing that should be avoided is the new mortar drying out too rapidly, and this can be prevented by dampening the brickwork. This makes sure that the mortar stays flexible and enables it to dry at a slower pace to avoid cracking, which can lead to a weaker joint. Any excess mortar and smears that are left on the bricks can be cleaned away as soon as the mortar has had sufficient time for drying. A wire brush is used to clean the wall areas that have been finished before moving on to the next portion of the wall requiring work.
At this point the necessity for any brick replacement, lead flashing work or chimney repairs will be undertaken by the contractor.
As soon as the entire building has been repointed and cleaned, and if you want to re-paint the bricks or re-apply the rendering, then that will now be completed. After the pipes and TV and satellite cables are placed back into position the scaffolding will be taken down and all of the debris and waste disposed of.
The repointing of your house by an experienced Swansea specialist should mean you won't need to deal with your external brickwork for fifty years or so. Warranties that are provided for the repointing should have an affiliation with providers and manufacturers from the construction industry covering defective materials.
Suitable accreditations may take various forms, however those that are prominent in connection with this type of work are: the FMB (Federation of Master Builders), the NHBC (National House-Building Council) and the NFBC (National Federation of Building Contractors), with qualifications and certifications from construction industry leaders like the Chartered Institute of Building. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is a requirement for all workers in the construction industry and they should be willing to produce their CSCS card when asked to prove their suitability to be present on site.
Swansea Repointing Tasks
There are a number of different tasks that can be conducted by your local Swansea repointing specialist including house re-pointing Swansea, brickwork joint raking and repair Swansea, the repointing of brick joints, pointing and repointing mortar joints, residential repointing, cheap re-pointing, mortar raking Swansea, repointing services Swansea, brickwork joint raking, lime mortar pointing and repointing Swansea, stone pointing, mortar rake grinding, repointing crazy paving Swansea, the repointing of brick gable ends, patio repointing, bucket handle pointing and re-pointing, garden wall repointing Swansea, commercial repointing in Swansea, the repointing of slabs Swansea, and lots more.
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