Fall is quickly coming to an end, and winter is just around the corner. If you live or work in an area that experiences freezing temperatures, snow, ice, or rain, protecting your masonry and brickwork from the elements is essential. Be sure to finish up any needed repairs before the winter begins. This is because masonry repairs generally cannot be done when the weather is wet or below freezing. Here are some repairs that should definitely be done before the winter weather takes over.
How Cold Weather Can Damage Masonry
Moisture absorbed by the bricks will freeze and expand. This expansion can crack the mortar and bricks. As the temperature increases, the water thaws and seeps into the newly formed cracks. When the temperature drops, the moisture refreezes, making the crack worse. The freezing and thawing cycle will continue as long as the weather fluctuates. This results in crumbling or broken mortar, cracked and broken bricks, and even falling brick.
Brick adds beauty, value, and character to any space. They are a durable building material that has been used for centuries. With that in mind, brick repair should only be handled by an expert mason with the knowledge and experience to manage any job correctly. However, any brickwork repair is better performed during the summer months as opposed to the winter months.
Tuckpointing is a color matching mortar that simulates a thin joint between bricks and should not be done during the winter months. This process can not be done when temperatures are below freezing or moisture in the bricks. If you notice issues with your brickwork, you must get it repaired immediately before the temperature drops
Chimney Cap Installation
If you have a chimney on your property, it is a good idea to install a chimney cap to prevent rain and moisture from getting inside your home. Chimney caps are protective components that cover the top of your chimney. They are usually constructed of steel or copper mesh and come in various styles to match the exterior of your building. The cap helps protect your chimney from rain, wind, and debris.
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