If you’re looking for a versatile exterior that can add historical and contemporary value to the outside of a building, you may want to consider brick. As a material, brick is sturdy and energy-efficient—and while it will last you for quite some time, there is a bit of maintenance you need to consider. The most important aspect of masonry maintenance is knowing what you need to know. What damage looks like, how cleaning works, and what processes you may need to use are all critical elements of masonry maintenance. Thankfully, we have the scoop on all things related to masonry maintenance so you can keep your brick in top condition.
Checking for Water Damage
When looking for water-damaged bricks, know there are typically two leading causes. Splashback happens when rain continues to hit bricks, eventually finding its way into the cracks that all bricks have and settling inside those hard-to-reach spots. On the other hand, rising dampness happens when groundwater rises, creating a tide line. Groundwater levels change over time, but the salt in that moisture could still deteriorate your brick given enough time. That’s why it’s essential to keep your eyes on any water damage and, if necessary, seek restoration services.
Regular Cleaning of Brick
An important aspect of maintaining your brick should be creating a routine where you regularly clean the exterior of your bricks. It’s not difficult either; grab a garden hose with a strong enough spray nozzle that you can remove any dirt that may be lodged into your bricks.
You also want to look for moss or mildew, which may require a more aggressive cleaning solution to get rid of. That’s also easy; just use a cup of bleach mixed with a gallon of water. Spray the brick down, apply your solution, and brush with a bristled brush until it’s removed. Be sure to avoid using wire brushes that can leave behind metal, which in turn causes rust or discoloration.
Tuckpointing is a process that might be a necessary part of your masonry maintenance wherein mortar joints are filled in. This is usually because they are weak, damaged, or cracked somehow. First, the damaged mortar is removed. Then, fresh mortar is layered in. This involves applying fresh mortar about two times the width of the old mortar. By applying masonry maintenance, you can avoid extensive repairs and keep your buildings looking impressive for years to come.
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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.