Sydney Tuck Pointing

The Brickwork Restoration Experts With Over 10 years Experience

Brickwork Restoration specialises in Modern Cement Mortars and traditional Lime Putty Mortars, Home Restorations, Tuck pointing, Repointing, as well as all form of Stone Repointing and Brick Repair.

Brickwork restoration specialises in modern cement mortars and traditional lime putty mortars, home restorations, tuck pointing, repointing, rendering as well as all form of stone repointing and brick repair.

  • Modern Cement Mortars
  • Traditional Lime Putty Mortars
  • Repointing
  • Bricklaying
  • Stone Repointing
  • Tuck Pointing
  • Brick Repairs
  • Rendering Stone Masonry
  • Home Extension

Who We Are

What We Pride Ourselves On

We are fair and honest in all our dealings with clients, suppliers, employees and trades people.
We comply in spirit and letter with the rules and regulations prescribed by law and building regulations for the health, safety and welfare of the community while we strive to provide the highest level of customer service possible.
Brickwork Restoration does it better because we care! Contact or call us for more information.

What We Specialise In:

TUCKPOINTING

Tuckpointing is a decorative finish providing a sharp and symmetrical outline to a wall face.

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CRACK REPAIR

Re-filled the mortar joints with the appropriately coloured base mortar and applied the Tuck Pointing repairing the brick walls.

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Non Compliant Mortar Mix

Modern and New Homes Brickwork mortar joints are often damaged from the cleaning of the brick face on completion of the bricklaying.

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RE POINT TO MATCH ADDITION

We rake/cut back all of the mortar joints, re fill them with a compliant mortar coloured and tool finished to the clients choice.

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Heritage Facade Tuckpointing

Where specifically required, the Tuckpointing and Repointing mortars we use are Sympathetic to the Tuckpointing and Repointing requirements of the Heritage era – LIME RICH MORTAR.

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Case Studies &

Testimonials

We are extremely happy with the quality and service provided. They were clean, tidy, punctual and the work was of a very high standard. We would have no hesitation in recommending to others.

All You Need to Know About Tuckpointing

Do you want to upgrade the appearance of an interior or exterior brick structure? Get the lowdown on tuckpointing, and learn some tips for proper installation.

Bricks provide durable cladding for interior and exterior walls, chimneys, and fireplaces. But the mortar used to fill joints deteriorates over time—even if the bricks themselves are still in good shape. That’s where tuckpointing comes into play. Used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of masonry, tuckpointing involves removing a portion of the deteriorated mortar, filling the joints with new mortar (that closely matches the colour of the brick), and then applying a thin line of putty in a contrasting colour down the centre of the joint. This creates the illusion of well-maintained and narrow joints. Although tuckpointing can be applied to any brick construction, it’s most commonly found on historical brick homes, where the owners want to recapture the appearance of the home’s original thin joints.

Are you interested in protecting your worn bricks from mortar deterioration while giving them a new sharp look? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about tuckpointing, including tips for proper installation.

THE TUCKPOINTING PROCESS

Whether you decide to get your hands dirty or hire a professional, here are the steps involved in tuckpointing.

To start, remove the existing mortar joints to a depth of approximately one inch. Masons often use an angle grinder to remove the mortar, which is a messy job requiring a respirator mask. As an alternative, you can rely on the old-fashioned yet effective hammer and chisel, but this method is more time-consuming.

Brush dust and debris from the ground-out mortar joints with a masonry brush or high-pressure air nozzle.
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Mix the new mortar to match the existing brick colour. This entails blending with mortar pigment, and it often takes a bit of experimentation to get an exact match. Make sure to jot down the exact ratio of pigment to mortar in order to blend subsequent batches of the same hue.

Fill the joints with the new mortar, working with the horizontal joints first. It’s a good idea to observe a mason at work before attempting the job yourself since they employ tricks of the trade avoid getting mortar all over the bricks.

After applying the wet mortar to the joints, smooth it to resemble a flat surface or slightly indented curve (depending on your desired look).

When the new mortar begins to harden but is still semi-pliable, use a straightedge and a tuckpointing tool to scrape straight lines in the centres of the newly filled joints. Try getting the lines as straight as possible.

Carefully apply lime putty to the scraped lines to form contrasting fillets, then cut away the excess. A mason typically uses a straightedge and a small knife for this task, which results in uniform contrasting lines in the centres of the wider mortar joints.

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