Iowa Tuckpointing and Masonry Repair


“Tuckpointing” is a repair process which stops the destructive process and provides numerous benefits!

Did you know that all masonry need repair at some point? The mortar joints become damaged due to weather conditions such as, freezing and thawing.

Iowa Tuckpointing Unique Process

Although we tend to price projects on a case by case basis, this is a guide to the services we offer to our clients.

Why Iowa Tuckpointing

While bricks last about a century, mortar has a much shorter lifespan. Depending on how exposed the masonry is to excess water and other harsh conditions, mortar lasts about 25 years. When mortar joints become damaged, the most cost-effective action that a homeowner can take is to repair affected areas via tuckpointing. The alternative is to allow the mortar joints to deteriorate to the point that the brick system collapses, which makes a complete rebuild necessary–of course, the cost of a rebuild is far greater than the cost for repairs.

How is Tuckpointing Done?

The basic idea behind tuck pointing is that damaged mortar is removed, and it is replaced with fresh mortar.  Tuckpointing a brick chimney involves the following basic steps:

  • Grounding out the old mortar at a uniform depth.
  • Filling in with the necessary color mortar in the new joints.
  • Striking the mortar when it reaches thumb print hard to give it a groove.


Benefits of using  Iowa Tuckpointing

Tuckpointing is really a crucial procedure, to preserve the life of a masonry structure.  Some of the benefits of performing needed  tuck pointing on structures follow:

  • Corrosion of the mortar joints is stopped.
  • Structural stability of the chimney is restored.  Failing to repair mortar joints will result in a weak structure which will eventually begin to lean or collapse.
  • Iowa Tuckpointing will help to prevent water from entering into mortar system.  If the mortar joints are not repaired, water will seep down the structure. Moisture can do a serious amount of unseen damage, such as cause mold, mildew, and rotting wood.  Moisture can also cause the ceiling and wallpaper around the structure to become stained.
  • Tuckpointing is far more cost-effective than a complete tear-down and rebuild.  The procedure allows you to avoid the expense of completely replacing the structure.
  • The value of your home is improved when the masonry is in tip top shape.

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