When it comes to the brickwork both internally and externally around our homes, we can sometimes be left with a number of questions. We have pulled together a collection of our frequently asked questions to help provide you with some easy answers.
The Mortar Between My Bricks Is Crumbling What Do I Do?
There are a number of reasons as to why this could be happening. From freezing temperatures, poor initial work, or even just time. Calling in a professional will help to determine the cause. The majority of the time the cause cannot be prevented, this means that we will just need to scrape out the external layer allowing for the wall (or area) to be repointed (the refilling and smoothing of the mortar).
Why Do Some Of The Bricks In My House Not Match?
This is not an uncommon find. Usually, we find this when we strip back the plaster on the inside of our home, rather than the exterior walls. This is usually due to bricks being fitting into gaps much later than the initial build of the home. There can be many reasons for this, such as filling a gap (where they may have previously been pipes or wires) or replacing an od damaged brick. Unfortunately, we also find that in some cases odd bricks were used to fill gaps during the initial build simply because they were there at the time.
Externally, odd bricks may also have been used to replace old broken bricks or to fill gaps. Over time, some of our external bricks can be damaged, either from something being attached to the wall, or as a result of weather damage. If the same bricks cannot be sourced, the closest alternative is usually used.
How Do I Know Which Brick Pattern Is Right For Me?
With several types of brick patterns available for your home, it isn’t always easy to find the right one for you. Check out our blog on Brickwork For Your Home for more information on the right patterns for you. Some patterns are more appropriate for certain jobs, so you may also want to consider getting in touch with our team today who will be happy to advise you on your particular project.
Can I Have A Garden Wall Built From Reclaimed Bricks?
Of course! There are a number of modern bricklayers who may try to dissuade you from using reclaimed bricks as they can be harder and more expensive to source along. This shouldn’t be a cause for concern providing you are prepared for the additional time and expense. Reclaimed bricks offer an attractive style to your space and can help make a new wall like it has been there longer.
However, while we still believe that older bricks were made to a better quality standard, you will need to remember that the quality cannot be guaranteed as you may not know where they have originally come from.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch today and we will be happy to assist you. For more information or ideas on the services that we offer here at Ian’s Property Maintenance, please head over to our blogs.