Mortar is a paste used to bind together bricks, stones, or other masonry units. It is composed of a binder (usually cement or lime) and fillers (such as sand, clay, or air) that harden when mixed with water. Mortar is an essential part of many types of masonry construction, from small projects like building a garden wall to large-scale undertakings like erecting a skyscraper. In addition to its role as a binding agent, mortar can also provide insulation and support for structural loads. As such, it plays a vital role in the strength and stability of many types of masonry construction.
Even though mortar is a long-lasting solution, maintenance and repairs are still necessary. Specifically when looking into the lifespan of your brick and stone mortar joints. These joints start to need repair for multiple causes. Some are due to the exposure to the harsh weather, like the snow storms we know all too well in New England, that end up leading to deterioration. To ensure durability we recommend routinely checking on your foundation walls and joints. If you think something needs repairing then simply reach out to a professional team to assist. Their expert work will extend the masonry life and protect your investment.
On-site, the professionals will remove the deteriorated mortar from the masonry joints and install a replacement layer of the new mortar. This will prevent future foundation damage and potentially expensive repairs.
Not sure if your foundation is made with mortar? Watch this helpful video from This Old House as they go over the difference of concrete, cement and mortar.
When do you need a repoint?
As any homeowner knows, the foundation is one of the most important parts of a house. It supports the walls and the roof, and it helps to keep the house level and stable. Over time, however, foundations can settle and cracks can form. These cracks can allow water to seep in, which can lead to all sorts of problems, including mold growth and wood rot. One way to fix these problems is to repoint the foundation. This involves removing the old mortar between the bricks or stones and replacing it with new mortar. Repointing helps to fill in any cracks and gaps, and it helps to waterproof the foundation. As a result, it is an essential part of maintaining a healthy home.
Telltale signs to look out for:
· Crack in the mortar
· Loose structures
· Water infiltration in the interior walls
· Gaps between masonry and mortar
· Damp surfaces visible on the masonry
Upon seeing any of these signs, it is time to investigate and remedy the issue at hand. If you are unsure how to proceed, we always recommend reaching out to a professional.