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WHY DO MY BRICKS NEED TO BE REPAIRED?
Over time bricks can become damaged by the elements, erosion and impact. Failed or incorrect pointing can also result in issues that degrade the natural appearance and strength of your brickwork resulting in ‘spalling’ where the front face of the brick effectively ‘pops off’.
Once the front surface of the bricks has popped off (known as ‘spalling’), the rest of the brick and the surrounding areas are left at the mercy of the elements, compromising the brick further and resulting in yet more damage.
CAN’T YOU JUST REPLACE THESE BRICKS?
Not always. Bricks can quite often be replaced, but sometimes the damage is such that the best option is to repair and reface the brickwork. Where it is possible to replace brickwork then that is what we will do.
SO HOW DO YOU REPAIR THE BRICKS?
Hampshire Repointing and Restorations’ period brickwork experts carry out brick repair and restoration using specialist brick repair mortars that replicate the properties and colour of the original material. Textures and shapes are then replicated using a range different tools and techniques. Your brickwork is effectively rebuilt from scratch with a brand new face, that flawlessly matches the appearance of the surrounding brickwork.
When repairing bricks it is vital that the repair material used has the same properties as the original. Bricks that are repaired with unsuitable material such as sand and cement may look okay but over time can lead to problems with cracking and damp. Our team can ensure that only the best and most appropriate materials and techniques are used to complete the job to the highest standards.
Finding the correct bricks when extending or carrying out remedial works is an increasingly difficult task and reclaimed bricks are rarely available in sufficient quantities. Therefore brick tinting, a process of dying bricks to match, is often the best solution. Tinting, which is also referred to as brick dying and brick staining, can be used on any porous building material.
Because brick tinting stains the bricks it doesn’t change the texture and provides a much more sympathetic solution than painting or rendering methods that are often used to overcome mismatched bricks. We will match the colour required without using the fixing agent. Once a colour match has been made, the tint is created using the fixing agent which bonds the tint permanently to the brick.
Combining natural colour pigments with a ‘breathable’ fixing agent provides a permanent, coloured stain that is not impacted by weathering or UV exposure. Once applied there is also no ongoing maintenance. A water-repellent, breathable fixing agent can also be used where required.
For best results and to achieve a uniform finish, existing brickwork should ideally be cleaned using our brick cleaning services prior to tinting. Alternatively, we can tint the brickwork to match the existing weathering or sooting.
BRICK AND STONE REPAIRS IN PORTSMOUTH
Hampshire Repointing and Restoration offer expert brick and stone repairs in Portsmouth and throughout Hampshire and the surrounding areas. When conducting brick and stone repairs in Portsmouth, our team of dedicated professionals can make a full assessment of the work required and give you a clear recommendation on the process that we would recommend to restore your period brickwork back to it’s best.
Once your brickwork has been cleaned, restored and/or repointed we offer an extensive decorating service to give your facade that extra-special finishing touch.
Our skilled team of decorators have many years of experience and a deep understanding of working on period properties and we offer a selection of period paint colours for you to choose from including Victorian paint colours, Georgian paint colours and Regency paint colours.