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Damaged Brick
Spalling Brick
Freeze/Thaw Damage on Clay Face Brick
Mortar and Brick Damage from Water Infiltration

How are Damaged Bricks Replaced?

The mortar joints surrounding damaged brick are saw cut to remove the damaged masonry. Once the damaged bricks are removed, the old mortar is cleaned from the surrounding brick that will remain in place, and the replacement brick are laid in a new bed of mortar.

Do New Bricks Always Match Old Ones?

In older buildings, depending on the brick size and texture, it can be very difficult to match replacement brick, as the originals are frequently no longer available. We go to great lengths to maintain many channels for sourcing unique brick to best match each project we perform. While we are recognized as being one of the best when it comes to quality matches, sometimes it is simply impossible to get a perfect match. When this happens, there are several options to get new replacement brick to match the old existing brick. We will work with you to get the best possible results.

Why is Mortar Testing Important?

Mortar composition needs to match the masonry it surrounds. Mortar needs to have a lower compressive strength to relieve forces in the wall without damaging the masonry, yet still be strong enough to last for the long haul. Mortar testing allows for a scientific look at the composition that makes up the old mortar, allowing for a very accurate replacement mortar to be made.

Why Do the Fronts of Brick Fall off?

Most commonly water infiltration into the masonry is to blame, however each case is unique and can involve many factors such as building deferential movement, and should be evaluated by a professional to determine the cause.

There is a White, Salty Substance that has built up on my Brick Wall, What is it?

The white salty substance is known as efflorescent salts, which are naturally part of the clay brick. When water infiltration enters the brick, the salts dissolve. The evaporating water leaves the dissolved salts behind on the surface.

How Can I Avoid Repairs in the Future?

Regular maintenance of mortar joints, joint sealants, parapet cap flashings, will help eliminate costly repairs in the future. If you would like assistance in planning your maintains budgets, please contact us at 763-420-2794 or email us.

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