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Repointing Toronto & Ontario

Earth Stick & Stone repointing service areas span all over Ontario and major cities like Toronto, Vaughan, Newmarket, Barrie, Richmondhill, Oshawa, Oakville, Windsor, Peterborough, Ottawa and in over 50 other cities. Earth Stick & Stone provides excellent repointing concrete services. Repointing is the process of renewing the external part of mortar joints.

As the years go by, weathering and decay cause voids in the joints between brick and block units. This gives way to the seeping in off of water. When water enters through these entrances, they can cause significant damage via frost weathering in the winter or from and from salt dissolution. The right repointing technique ensures your brick work will last decades. In a typical house we use chisel and hammer to rake the joints clean to a inch dept. We do this making sure not to break the hard fire-skin of the brick. This is essential so we do not destroy the soft core which is protected by the hard fine skin. This is an extremely painstaking process. Chiseling and hammering cement-covered joints is even much tougher and very slow. Homeowners who try to save money by patching new mortar over old without chiseling are throwing their money away literally. This process is known as tuck-pointing. Tuck-pointing leaves weak connections between old and new mortar layers; making joints wider and more susceptible to water seepage. When proper repointing is done, bricks, stone blocks, and other masonry units are laid in a bed of mortar. This process of placing a each unit in a mortar bed causes the mortar to be extruded between units. The excess mortar is cleared and shaped just before the mortar hardens. In other practical applications, the bedding mortar is meant to be seen and the mortar joint is immediately given a finish touch. Conversely, where there is pigmented mortar, the bedding mortar is removed from the joint before it hardens and then pointing mortar is applied in the void and shaped with a finished touch.

Expert Repointing Toronto & Ontario

It is very important that the mortar used for any repointing project has similar performing characteristics to the original mortar used in a building. Such performance characteristics to look out for and consider are permeability, compressive strength, and coefficient of thermal expansion. So typically, if a soft lime-based mortar was originally used, the most appropriate repointing mortar is likely to also contain a large amount of lime. Our expert team performs a mortar analysis in order to make recommendations for the appropriate replacement mortar that is both physically and aesthetically compatible with the building. Previously, lime mortar tended to be mixed on site with whatever sand was locally available. Since the sand influences the color of the lime mortar, colors of pointing mortar can vary dramatically from district to district. Contact Earth Stick & Stone today and receive a free no obligation estimate on masonry repointing services. We are fast and precise with all projects. We come highly recommended in Toronto, Brampton, Vaughan, Halton Hills and across several cities in Ontario. We also offer 100% guaranteed services. Until your project is completed to satisfaction, our work is not done. Recommend us to friends and loved ones, commercial and small business entities who need repointing services. We will sure return the favor by giving you discount services and free maintenance as listed in our many seasonal promotions. We guarantee dependable results, which is on-time and on-budget. That’s the only results that you can expect from us. Do not hesitate to contact us as we will provide services anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area and across the province of Ontario.