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How Often Should Brick Be Repointed?

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Repointing refers to the process of removing the deteriorated mortar from the brick structure and replacing it with new mortar. When it is done properly, repointing can restore the beauty and functionality of a masonry structure.

If the repointing job is done the right way, it can last for quite a long time, namely somewhere between 50 and 100 years.

In case the repointing was done poorly, this does not only affect the overall appearance of the masonry part, but also can damage the well-being of the entire building. So the question would be whether you found the right people for the job, and how to fix things in due time, before the brick structure can get more deteriorated and therefore harder to repair.

Good repointing workmanship can add more value to your home or commercial building, while also preserving the life of mortar joints, wall and historic elements of a building.

Nowadays, the usual lifespan of a mortar layer is that of 20 to 30 years. There is a method to help you determine whether you need to repoint a masonry structure. Thus, with a help of knife, you can try to scrape out some mortar pieces. If this can be done easily, then repointing becomes mandatory. Or simply call the professionals New England Masonry and Restoration to do the inspection and repointing.