Tuckpointing

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Tuckpointing is the process of removing old mortar from in between brick or other masonry units and replacing it.  The mortar in joints of buildings, walls, steps, and walk ways will deteriorate as it is exposed to moisture, weather and many other variables.  As this occurs, the masonry units need to be repaired and the mortar requires being tucked and pointed.  Often, in an effort to preserve the historical integrity of the brick and building, this process is done entirely by hand with a chisel, hammer, trowel and other historically approved tools.  It is imperative to use experienced masons who are familiar with all aspects of historical stone restoration.  Irreversible damage can occur.

The process of tuckpointing begins with removing the loose mortar between the bricks to a specified depth (typically ½’-1”).  This space is then filled with new mortar by pressing it in between the bricks and “pointing” the mortar to the desired finish.  During the pointing process it is important to repair or replace any deteriorated masonry units.

Having expert craftsman, like the technicians at Seyllers Inc. Tuckpointing & Masonry is a must for any type of historical masonry restoration.  For over 50 years, Seyllers Inc. Tuckpointing & Masonry has been providing brick and stone restoration services to historical hotels, government buildings, historical restorations and residential homes.