Monday, 30 June 2014

How to Maintain Tuckpointing? Save Repair Costs

In tuckpointing you should expect to get what you paid for, be it ugly, good or the best.

Tuckpointing might look like a pro job and it is. But you can still handle the first line of defense before the need for calling in the experts actually arises. Take a look at small steps that you can take on your behalf to protect your building.

1. Go and Have a Look
Take out time form your busy schedule and go and inspect your walls a few times in a year. If you see new cracks or the older ones widening, it should ring a bell in your head. Missing mortar joints and missing joints is a warning sign.
2. Mortar is Tough
Don’t think mortar is easy to break and loosen; it’s the weather that spoils the party for it. Rain and changing temperatures can cause cracks to appear ad after some time the mortar just pos out. If the joints open up, water will be able to seep in to the structure and wake it over a period of time. 

3. Look Inside Too
Water is very powerful; you might have checked outside and found no signs. Be smart and check inside too. If you see water lines in the attic or in the corners or peeling paint, then you are in trouble.
4. Take Help Of A Waterproof Solution
Tuckpointing contractors in Chicago, advise that exteriors should be waterproofed every five to ten years. Tuckpointing can be avoided for another five years or so if you treat the bricks to waterproofing.  Older bricks tend to get porous and when treated this way they will stop absorbing moisture and let it slip over the surface.
5. Which waterproofer to choose?
It is advised to choose one that is approved for most surfaces. Look for a water based medium that allows the bricks to breath and not suffocate them. It will also protect the bricks from the cycle of freezing and thawing. By following these steps you will be able to save the cost of repairs.
Contact Fortune Restoration to know more.



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