When you take notice of the handiwork around your Cumberland County, NJ, residence, what are the features that stand out the most? Certainly the house itself, but there are standout aspects that tend to catch the eye more than others. From the outside, your chimney can be one of the best-looking structures that improve your property value. From the inside, a welcoming fireplace as an alternative heat and entertainment source is also a draw.
The clean lines of a newly constructed or renovated house’s chimney pointing in Cherry Hill, NJ, can be more than just an attractive feature; it can also be a protective part of chimney maintenance that will keep your family safe from crumbling mortar and possible escaped combustions.
One of the most recurring issues that homeowners in Atlantic County, NJ, have with their fireplaces and chimneys is the dissolution and deposition of salt that leads to frost weathering: a variety of mechanical weathering processes which are induced by stresses from water freezing into ice. Frost weathering tends to be more of a problem in higher latitude and altitude levels, where there are more cycles of freezing and thawing throughout the year.
Many New Jersey locations experience drastic temperature shifts, rapidly, and in close succession. This is a leading cause for the need to have brick pointing redone.
We perform brick pointing services in the following locations:
- Atlantic County, NJ
- Cape May County, NJ
- Cumberland County, NJ
- Cherry Hill, NJ
- Medford, NJ
- Voorhees, NJ
What is the Brick Pointing Process?
Bricks are laid in a bed of mortar; as mortar is extruded between the bricks, the excess is removed and reshaped before pointing mortar is added to finish the structure’s profile. When constructing a new fireplace, chimney, or other masonry structure Davis Brothers Masonry & Chimney Sweep can customize our materials and design to your needs. During repointing, we will match the type of mortar that is pre-existing by texture and color, so that there are no visual aberrations.
The following components are useful to keep in mind when choosing a comparable mortar:
- Coefficient Expansion
- Thermal Expansion
- Compressive Strength
Depending on the type of mortar that is already used in your fireplace and chimney, more lime or another material will need to be blended to better fit your Cape May County, NJ, home’s brick pointing.
What is Repointing?
Repointing in masonry construction is a term used for the process by which external parts of mortar joints are renewed and pointed. As time passes, the natural weathering process causes decay of mortar and will lead to voids between the units. In bricks, such gapping is more prevalent than in most other masonry materials. The entrance of water between these spaces is most undesirable, as it causes significant damage.
Repointing is often referred to as simply “pointing, ” and in new construction, it is sometimes called “pointing up.”
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Call us today at 609-288-2172 to schedule your free chimney and fireplace inspection. We can provide you with masonry chimney repairs, brick pointing, and more in Medford, NJ, Voorhees, NJ, and other local South Jersey areas.