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Do Your Bricks Have Winter Damage? Look for These Signs

delprete masonry winter damage to bricks

Has winter damage shown up on your bricks? Look for these tell-tale signs.

As spring finally emerges, it’s time to assess the condition of your property’s brickwork. Winter can be harsh on masonry, leading to various types of damage that not only compromises the aesthetics of your building but also poses potential hazards. As a commercial masonry contractor, DelPrete Masonry understands the importance of promptly identifying and addressing winter damage. In this blog, we’ll explore some common signs of winter damage to bricks, why it’s hazardous, and what solutions are available to rectify it.


One of the most apparent signs of winter damage to bricks is cracking. These cracks range from minor fractures to larger fissures extending through the brick. Cracking occurs due to the expansion and contraction of moisture within the brick material as temperatures fluctuate during the winter months.


Another telltale sign of winter damage is the discoloration of the bricks. This can manifest as dark spots, efflorescence (white powdery residue), or overall fading of the brick’s color. Discoloration often indicates water penetration and subsequent damage to the brick’s surface, which can weaken its structural integrity over time.

Leaning or Tilting

Brick structures that appear to be leaning or tilting are likely experiencing foundation issues, which winter weather conditions can exacerbate. Frost heave, caused by the expansion of moisture in the soil beneath the foundation, can lead to shifts in the foundation and result in leaning or tilting walls.

Why Winter Damage is Hazardous

Addressing winter damage promptly is crucial for maintaining the safety and stability of your property. Ignoring signs of damage can lead to further deterioration, compromising the structural integrity of the building and posing risks to occupants. Cracks and weakened bricks can allow moisture to seep into the building, leading to water damage, mold growth, and potential structural failure. Additionally, leaning or tilting walls pose a safety hazard and may require immediate attention to prevent collapse.


Fortunately, solutions are available to address winter damage to bricks and restore the integrity of your building’s masonry. As experienced masonry contractors, we offer a range of services tailored to repair and reinforce damaged brickwork. These solutions may include:

  • Brick Repointing: Repairing cracked or damaged mortar joints to prevent water penetration and reinforce the wall’s structural integrity.
  • Brick Replacement: Removing and replacing damaged bricks with new ones to restore the appearance and strength of the wall.
  • Foundation Repair: Addressing underlying foundation issues to stabilize leaning or tilting walls and prevent further damage.
  • Waterproofing: Applying sealants or waterproof coatings to protect brick surfaces from moisture infiltration and prevent future damage.
  • Structural Reinforcement: Installing additional support systems such as steel braces or anchors to reinforce weakened brick structures.

Don’t wait until the damage worsens—schedule a professional inspection today with DelPrete Masonry and safeguard your investment against the harsh effects of winter weather.


Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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