With over 40 years experience in the construction industry from building muilti million pound homes to
re-pointing a garden wall we pride ourselves on a personal service with no sub contracting, enabling us to guarantee the quality of our work.
We offer a professional service :-
Pointing and Re-pointing brickwork
of old, listed and new properties.
Paint & Render removal from all types of wall/brickwork
Chemical Cleaning of walls
to a very high standard for residential & commercial properties both old and new.
We are a small friendly company who have worked with homeowners and builders throughout the South of England on every kind of building / home to produce work we think you'll be very happy with. Call us today and bring our project management skills and extensive construction experience to your next building or renovation project.
What is Re-Pointing
If you need your house repointed to improve its overall look to add character and value to maximise your return in investment then look no further.
Our aim is to help you find the best cost effective solution for you. We are friendly and professional company and are happy to offer our services from residential customers to sub contractors to commercial clients throughout the South of England.
Pointing is the term given to the ‘finish’ that is between the bricks or stone used to build your house. Depending on the age of the building, the mortar which was used to lay the stone or brick will either be made from lime, or more recently, cement. The issue of pointing is one which causes irreparable damage to older buildings if done wrongly, and it is important to understand what the mortar joints actually do for the fabric of the house
It is possibly the most significant element to maintaining the ‘health’ of the wall and enhancing the appearance. The correct repointing can assist in waterproofing and stabilizing the walls of the structure, extend the life of the wall and individual stones and enhance the visual qualities of natural stone walls. The importance of this cannot be over-emphasised. Incorrect pointing can seriously reduce the performance of a wall and by implication a building. Water can become trapped behind dense mortar and not evaporate out, physical damage to stone and brick and cause damp within the house can result from poor work.
If the house is built using lime mortar, it is most likely that the walls are solid – they won’t have a cavity. These walls need to be treated very differently to ones with a cavity. These walls need to breathe – the stone and brick from which they are built is harder, and less absorbent than the lime mortar, and any moisture in the wall escapes through the mortar joints. This can be moisture from condensation on the inside of the walls, or water which falls on the outside of the wall from rainfall. If the mortar joints are left to breathe, your walls will stay dry. The lime mortar gradually ‘self sacrifices’ over many years, and recedes into the joint, so that eventually, there is a slot between the bricks or stone.
The commonest problem with old houses is flaking brick and spalling stone, which can almost always be traced back to when the joints were raked out, and cement mortar used to re-point them. If cement mortar is used, water will not escape the walls, and you will have damp problems inside the house as well. This is one of the common causes of so-called rising damp – it is nothing to do with rising damp, and the solution is NEVER an injection damp proof course!
This is death to an old house – you must ALWAYS rake out the joints and re-point using lime mortar, which should have NO portland cement in it. If in doubt, Professional Pointing will insist on showing you proof that we know how to rake out, mix and use lime mortar, sometimes referred to as hydraulic lime mortar. We are NOT talking about buying a bag of sand, and a bag of lime from the builders merchant – this will not do the job, and is NOT the material we are talking about. Pointing old stonework or brickwork is a specialized job and must be done by people who know what they are doing. There are several grades of NHL lime – (Natural Hydraulic Lime) – and the three commonest grades are used for pointing stonework, brickwork, and where additional strength is needed, for eg., chimneys.
Another issue which you need to understand is that these houses were built to ‘move’ – the lime mortar is flexible. It actually moves and self heals – if a small crack develops because the house settles a tiny bit, or brickwork moves, the crack heals – lime has this amazing property of actually taking in water and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and growing tiny calcite crystals which span the cavity of the crack, and tie it together again. Using cement based compounds is an absolute no-no – this introduces rigidity, and in an old house which needs to move, cement just cracks and falls off within a short period of time – it is useless, and a completely inappropriate material to use.
Professional Pointing Company is one of the few companies who apply mechanical injection to re-pointing brickwork. The big advantage of a mechanical injection mortar is the necessity of applying wet mortar. Wet mortar is a preferable method of application to standard mortar as it provides a better contact to the brick. This is then finished with a joint that matches your requirements. This produces a harder wearing weather proof joint that is going to add many years to the life of your building.
Each building and indeed each facade may require various cleaning techniques. Inappropriate methods and the use of untrained or semi-skilled site operatives can lead to irreparable damage. Profestiona Pointing Company will be pleased to advise the best method to use.
A bit of a cliche we know but how long is a piece of string ?
Each project/wall is individual , with different materials, different finishes, size, etc etc.
We are happy to visit for a free no obligation quote and if needed we can arrange for a sample patch to be carried out.
Unfortunatley the nature of our work is VERY messy. We will endevour to keep this to a mimimum but it is unavoidable and we would recommend that you keep all doors and windows closed at all time and advise your neighbours to do the same.
For a free quote, please call Keith on 07743164500
Services provided in Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, West London, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire.