The Importance of Mortar and Tuckpointing
The mortar between brick and stone is pertinent to the health and integrity of your property. Mortar is integral to safely holding your structure together, while also protecting your home or property from damage caused by exposure to wind and water.
While your stone and brickwork will likely withstand the elements for hundreds of years, the lifespan of mortar is not nearly so definitive. Most mortar will need repair and restoration every quarter of a century.
The harsh Chicago winters put your masonry through an aggressive freeze-thaw cycle that will cause the exterior surface of your mortar to deteriorate and breakdown at an even faster rate than usual, while also causing breakdown in brick and stone. We highly recommend regular inspections on the health and integrity of your mortar to protect your home or property from dangerous breakdown.