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What Is Tuckpointing and When Is It Necessary?

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Tuckpointing is necessary when brick walls start cracking and crumbling.

When you notice masonry starting to weaken due to age or damage, repairs are necessary to avoid structural problems. At DelPrete Masonry, our masonry experts are familiar with the many methods used to restore brick buildings to their original beauty and stability. One of these methods is tuckpointing. Tuckpointing fills in mortar before more damage occurs and more moisture enters your structure. If you want to learn more about what tuckpointing services include and when you should call your contractor, keep reading. 

The Importance of Tuckpointing

Tuckpointing is the process of repairing damaged mortar, which is the substance holding bricks together. When done well, tuckpointing can increase the lifespan of any brick structure while maintaining its beautiful appearance. 

When is Tuckpointing Needed? 

Cracks, holes, and crumbling pieces are all signs of damage or age in your brick building. Letting the damage go can lead to water leaking inside the mortar joints. Water can then lead to extensive structural damage. 

Another sign of deterioration is dust, which can be harder to notice. Slight crumbling and dust can go unnoticed for a while. You can test the integrity of your mortar by dragging a key across an old mortar joint. If it scratches and powdery dust falls from the joint, it may be time for tuckpointing services. 

What Is Included in Tuckpointing Services? 

Tuckpointing repairs use mortar to fill in the areas that have been damaged or deteriorated. A specialist carefully removes the damaged mortar while leaving the brick intact and then tuck in the new mortar. The process requires careful and experienced hands. This is why you must call an experienced masonry contractor at DelPrete Masonry for repairs. A high-quality repair service will extend the life of your brick structure and prevent future damage. 

How Often Should Tuckpointing Occur? 

Bricks are highly durable, making them one of the most common masonry building materials. These materials can withstand most climates and challenges, with tuckpointing often only required every 20 years or so. However, tuckpointing may be required more frequently if you live in areas with high humidity or frequent rainfall. 

When Is It Too Late for Repairs? 

If you don’t catch the damage in time, the result can be a more time-consuming and costly repair service. If you wait too long, you will notice large areas of your structure collapsing, with bricks coming loose and falling out. If the damage goes far enough, you may need to tear down parts of the structure and rebuild. To avoid this situation, schedule regular inspections and maintenance from the trusted masonry contractors at DelPrete Masonry. 


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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