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Lime Pointing

Professional Contractors specialising in brick repair, brick & stone pointing, lime pointing & lintel replacement


Lime Pointing/Repointing


When pointing or repointing a house today, we use a sand and cement mix (mortar) for the pointing. It is usually mixed at a ratio of 4/1 sand/cement and is suitable for the majority of jobs that we take on. However, modern cement can contain components that are detrimental to older building materials, IE brick or stone, which is where lime mortar pointing becomes a useful option.

A lime mortar is a mixture of lime, water, and sand. It was used as a pointing material until the late twenties, when more advanced technology became available and sand & cement mix mortar became the standard used in the construction world.


Lime Repointing Services in the North West


Restore and Preserve Your Historic Structure with Expert Lime Repointing


At Brickwork Pointing, we specialize in providing professional lime repointing services across the North West. Our skilled team is dedicated to preserving the beauty and integrity of historic buildings through the careful application of traditional lime mortar techniques. Discover how our lime repointing services can bring new life to your cherished structure.


Benefits of Lime Repointing:

  • Breathability: Unlike modern cement-based mortars, lime mortar allows your building to "breathe," preventing moisture build-up and potential damage.

  • Flexibility: Lime mortar's natural flexibility accommodates the movement of historic structures, reducing the risk of cracks and structural issues.

  • Historical Authenticity: Lime repointing maintains the authentic look of historic buildings, enhancing their visual appeal and value.

  • Longevity: Properly executed lime repointing can extend the lifespan of your building, minimizing the need for frequent repairs.


Our Lime Repointing Process:

  1. Assessment: Our experts evaluate the current state of your building's mortar and determine the most suitable lime mortar mix.

  2. Preparation: We carefully remove deteriorated mortar while preserving the original masonry.

  3. Mixing: We craft lime mortar blends that match historical specifications for your building's era and location.

  4. Application: Our skilled craftsmen apply the lime mortar using traditional techniques, ensuring precision and attention to detail.

  5. Finishing: The repointed areas are carefully brushed and tooled to match the surrounding masonry's texture and appearance.


Why Lime Repointing Matters:

Preserving the structural integrity of historic buildings is our priority. Improper repointing with cement-based mortar can trap moisture, leading to irreversible damage, and compromise the building's historical significance. Our lime repointing techniques ensure a harmonious blend of function and aesthetics, safeguarding your investment for generations to come.

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Customer Reviews

Sharon & Ian Jackson

We bought a new house and weren't happy with how the bricklayers had pointed the brickwork. got in touch with brickwork pointing and they got the job done for us. Brilliant workers very professional and friendly people.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is brickwork pointing?
    Brickwork pointing, also known as brick jointing or repointing, is the process of renewing the mortar joints between bricks in a masonry wall. It involves removing deteriorated or damaged mortar and replacing it with fresh mortar to strengthen the wall, improve its appearance, and protect it from weathering.
  • Why is brickwork pointing necessary?
    Over time, the mortar between bricks can degrade due to weather exposure, temperature changes, and other environmental factors. Pointing is necessary to maintain the structural integrity of the wall and prevent moisture penetration, which can lead to further damage and deterioration.
  • When should brickwork pointing be done?
    Brickwork pointing should be done when the mortar joints show signs of deterioration, such as crumbling, cracking, or gaps. Additionally, if you notice water seepage through the wall or loose bricks, it's a clear sign that repointing is needed.
  • How is brickwork pointing done?
    Brickwork pointing involves the following steps: a. Remove the old mortar from between the bricks using appropriate tools. b. Clean the joints and remove debris. c. Prepare the mortar mix, ensuring it matches the existing mortar in composition and color. d. Apply the fresh mortar into the joints using pointing trowels or specialized tools. e. Shape the mortar to achieve the desired pointing style (flush, recessed, tuck-pointing, etc.). f. Clean any excess mortar from the bricks' surface. g. Allow the mortar to cure properly.
  • What are the different types of brickwork pointing?
    Several types of brickwork pointing techniques include flush pointing, recessed pointing, tuck pointing, bucket handle pointing, struck pointing, V pointing, beaded pointing, grapevine pointing, ribbon pointing, and others.
  • How long does brickwork pointing last?
    The longevity of brickwork pointing depends on various factors, including the quality of materials used, weather conditions, and the skill of the pointing work. Well-done pointing can last for several decades.
  • Can I do brickwork pointing myself?
    Brickwork pointing is a skilled task that requires experience and knowledge of proper techniques. While minor repairs may be possible for DIY enthusiasts, it's generally recommended to hire a professional mason for larger and more extensive repointing projects to ensure the best results.
  • How much does brickwork pointing cost?
    The cost of brickwork pointing varies depending on factors like the size of the area to be repointed, the pointing style chosen, the accessibility of the site, and the local labor rates. It's best to get quotes from multiple contractors to compare prices.
  • Does brickwork pointing require any maintenance?
    Properly done brickwork pointing should not require frequent maintenance. However, it's essential to keep an eye on the mortar joints over time and address any signs of deterioration promptly to prevent more extensive repairs.
  • Can I paint over brickwork pointing?
    While it's possible to paint over brickwork pointing, it's essential to use breathable masonry paint to avoid trapping moisture within the wall. Painting should only be done after the mortar has cured sufficiently. It's recommended to consult a professional for proper painting techniques. Remember, brickwork pointing is a crucial aspect of maintaining the integrity and appearance of masonry walls. If you have specific questions or concerns about your brickwork, it's best to consult with a qualified mason or contractor for expert advice and solutions.




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