Brickwork and Parging: Restore the Beauty
Brickwork is a piece of art that can enhance your home’s beauty. Bricks are “Beauty and the Beast” in one. Beast because they are strong building materials that can last for centuries, and beauty because they look beautiful and elevate the appearance of your house. Occasional upkeeping of your brick walls can work wonders and maintain the beauty of your home. New contractors just like to use modern building materials without keeping in mind the beauty aspects of these period properties. Houses made in the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian eras had impressive brick facades, and the restoration must be the same as the original. These buildings could breathe because of their brick architecture and this is one of the main reasons for their health and longevity. Using the correct repointing can assist in stabilising the walls of the structure and enhance the visual qualities of brick walls.
One of the most common problems of these old buildings is the flaking bricks and spalling stones. Repointing these walls with modern materials like cement mortar mixture causes the walls to trap moisture inside them and causes damp wall problems. The repointing should be carried out using lime mortar( Natural Hydraulic lime). These work best for old buildings where brick restoration and stonework are needed. Lime mortar is a flexible material, and minor cracks over the years can self-heal. If you have an old home which needs brickwork and parging repairs, contact GJ MacRae foundation repair. We repair your home and also restore the original look.