Tuckpointing*, Re-pointing, Brick Pointing, Spot Pointing

Although generally considered "permanent," masonry is subject to deterioration, especially at the mortar joints. Re-pointing, also known simply as "pointing " or--somewhat inaccurately--"tuckpointing"*, is the process of removing deteriorated mortar from the joints of a masonry wall and replacing it with new mortar. Properly done, re-pointing restores the visual and physical integrity of the masonry. Improperly done, re-pointing not only detracts from the appearance of the building, but may also cause physical damage to the masonry units themselves.

*Tuckpointing technically describes a primarily decorative application of a raised mortar joint or lime putty joint on top of flush mortar joints.

-Quoted from Preservation Brief #2

Centennial Preservation is perhaps the only Historic Preservation and Restoration contractor in the US to be fully committed to the exclusive use of lime mortars that are compatible with historic structures. For more on lime and lime putty mortars, click here. Our masons receive extensive training in the use of these particular mortars and work with them everyday, all day long. Due to the fact methods of traditional masonry craftsmanship have been largely lost, Centennial Preservation is set apart as uniquely able to install these superior lime mortars affordably and competently in all manner of conditions.

Our craftsmen are skilled in matching existing mortar colors, finishes, texture, and tooling. Whether you have a chimney that needs pointed, or an entire house, church or downtown building, Centennial Preservation would be honored to be your Historic Restoration /Preservation Contractor.

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