Tuckpointing, brick pointing, stonework pointing or just pointing as some call it, is removing the old and damaged mortar by chiselling it out of the joints and replacing it with new mortar creating a new protective seal which helps preserve the bricks from further damage and avoiding costly future repairs. Tuck pointing is part of brick restoration, after damaged brick is replaced it is important to tuckpoint any joints that do not have mortar filled in their joints. This is a must to keep out water, humidity, and moisture, preventing damage to the bricks.
One of the challenges for tuckpointing is to colour match the original colour of the mortar joints so that it is not so noticeable and blends in with the existing brickwork. A&A Masonry has mastered the process of colour matching and gets as close to the original colour as possible.
Grinding Out The Joints
Some joints need to be ground out, some have gaping holes that need to be filled in until you reach solid mortar. This is important so that the new mortar is not just put in to cover existing crumbling mortar in the joint.