Specialists in Brick / Stone Restoration

As specialists in Brick / Stone Restoration, at Stonemason.ie we blend traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology and great pride in our workmanship. With our years’ of experience we bring real depth of experience and the full range of skills to both historic and contemporary projects. You can depend on the experienced Stonemason.ie team to deliver exceptional results on time and on budget.

 

Brick Restoration and repairs

 

  • Tuck Repointing

Tuck pointing is a highly-skilled and refined method of pointing, or re-pointing, brickwork whereby a coloured mortar joint is placed to match the brick and grooved while ‘green’ or fresh, to receive a separate, and carefully placed, lime putty: silver sand ribbon. The ribbon is then neatly trimmed to a smaller scale to form a precise, raised, profile. Its historical intention was originally to create the illusion of accurately laid, cut and rubbed and gauged brickwork, on a standard brickwork façade; constructed of, often-irregular, bricks. In the nineteenth century, however, it was often resorted to as a means to disguise inferior brickwork.

Brick / Stone Restoration - Tuck pointed brickwork Brick / Stone Restoration - Tuck pointed brickwork
  • Flush Repointing

Flush pointing, again, is a very specialist kind of brick pointing. No cement is used in the render as it is a mixture of sand and lime mortar. Flush pointing is normally used on old walls, or front sides and back facades of your property

The process for this type of brick pointing is to over fill your brick joints, then with your pointing trowel, scrap the mortar flush with the brickwork, and lightly rub up with a wire brush

When done correctly, flush Pointing leaves a rich look, and is a wonderful form of brick pointing. However, we must point out that flush pointing needs to be done by a lime and pointing specialist

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  • Weather Struck Pointing

Weather Struck jointing is a less common technique used today, mainly due to the fact that it is time consuming to achieve and requires a lot of experience the get the required results. When done correctly it will give a lovely aesthetically pleasing look to the wall. A few tools and a lot of patience is required, but will give a great resistance to adverse weather.

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Stone Restoration and repairs

 

  • Stone Repairs

Where replacement units are not possible due to restrictions, or deemed to be too expensive, then stone restoration is a quick simple cost effective way to restore weathered or defective units.  Our highly skilled restorers are capable of carrying out the most intricate of details including tracery sections to windows as well as reforming sections to statues. We have developed restoration mixes to suit all types of stone ensuring that each repair closely matches the surrounding stone in strength, colour and texture. We often carry out restoration to brick specials as well more often than not due to long manufacturing times for replacements.  The processes are the same but we use colouring agents to match the surrounding brick.

 

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  • Stone Repointing

After long periods of time mortar used in traditionally built rubble stone buildings/walling may deteriorate and re-pointing becomes necessary.

Lime based mortars are very effective for masonry re-pointing work and lets the stone breathe. We recommend lime-based mortars for all re-pointing work.

Raking out is usually carried out before re-pointing work begins. It is necessary to remove any decayed mortar from the face of the walling and from around the stones. This is to provide a sound base for the replacement mortar. We always take into consideration the building process used initially as it is of the utmost importance that re-pointing is carried out in such a way that the visual appearance of the building/walling is not atltered. E.g. the lime mortar finish around the stones could be flush or recessed or it could be progressively smeared over the faces of stones until the final finish almost emerges as a full lime reader.

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