Best Chimney & Roofing Company is is the leading brick repair specialist in Taylor, Michigan and the surrounding area. We specialize in crack repairs and replacing broken brick due to foundation settling, vehicle damage, plumbing repair damage, and fixing brick deterioration problems. These repairs involve several important details to insure they are both professional looking and long lasting.
Determining the Scope of Work.
The first critical step in any repair is to properly identify what needs to be done. Best Chimney Company has over 40 years of relevant masonry experience, and can help you determine a reasonable scope of work based on your needs and wishes. Your desire to simply improve the appearance of your brick may alone determine your needs. Some minor imperfections in your brickwork may not require repair at all, such as fine hairline cracks or minor erosion of mortar. However, delaying other repairs could allow damage to other components of your home. For example, broken brick and cracked mortar joints wider than 1/16” (Can you insert a dime in the crack?) not only look bad, but can also allow water penetration with resulting damage to other construction materials behind the wall. Best Chimney Company can help you with any necessary brick repair issues and help restore your home’s brickwork to its original (or even improved) beauty and function.
Brick Repair Services
Proper Brick Matching is essential. Damaged, cracked, or severely deteriorated brick should almost always be sawed out of the wall and replaced with new units. If you don’t have extra matching bricks, leave it to us to find the best available match.
Repairing Mortar. The technique for repairing mortar properly, or “repointing,” is similar to a dentist’s repair on a tooth’s cavity—the doctor doesn’t simply fill the cavity in a one-step procedure. Voids and deteriorated or cracked mortar joints must first be ground or chiseled out to a minimum depth of 5/8” and the cavity cleaned out thoroughly. For repairs, mortar should be pre-shrunk, and the cavity moistened before placing the new mortar. These steps take additional time but help to insure proper bonding of the original mortar to the new mortar, and helps prevent shrinking as it dries. Mortar should be custom-blended to match existing, without using unauthorized additives such as latex. Any additive should first be approved by a proper governing authority to insure that it meets industry standards for strength and durability.
Expansion Joints. Most city building codes require vertical expansion joints to be placed in brick walls on new construction to help prevent settling cracks. These “seams” in the walls are quite effective when spaced properly, and can also be added to existing homes and buildings that have suffered from foundation settling. After the crack and brick repairs are completed, expansion joints can be cut completely through the brick and mortar, and caulk joints created. This allows minor expansion and contraction of the adjacent veneer walls without re-cracking the brick and mortar joints.