Natural elements and the previous use of cement will play a part when repointing needs to be considered...

When a property's old mortar has done its intended purpose and needs replacing. The telltale signs are the old mortar will have receded and is easily removed from the joints with minimal effort. Another reason for repointing is if "somebody" has incorrectly repointed in the past using cement instead of lime. Modern cement can cause many problems like dampness and brick damage.

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Free site survey

It all starts with a free no-obligation site survey at your convenience. We will inspect the current state of the mortar, advise, and measure the area of work to be carried out. At this stage, we can also take away a sample of your old mortar to be matched allowing the new mortar to blend nicely. We also advise on the best time to undertake the work.

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Removing old mortar

We carefully remove the old lime or cement mortar using hand tools to avoid brick damage. The joints are raked out to twice the depth of the cavity, 18-20mm, or to a firm foundation for the new mortar to bond. Power tools are only carefully used if the cement mortar is deep set and can not be easily raked out manually (the preferred method).

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Preparing for pointing

Once the joints are at the correct depth. The wall is given a hose down to wash any loose dust out of the cavities and off the face of the brick. When the wall is reasonably dry and before applying the new mortar the joints are given a further wetting to allow the new mortar to bond without the surrounding bricks drawing out the moisture too quickly. Not doing so can result in a weaker mortar.

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Mixing the mortar

Mixing the new lime mortar for repointing correctly is of the utmost importance in producing a quality mortar that will last the test of time and not shrink or crumble in the following years. We only use the highest quality lime and aggregates mixed thoroughly and correctly to the required consistency. This comes within the field-gained knowledge and experience and is not a stage to take lightly.

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Applying the mortar

When applying the new lime mortar the work must be done with the utmost care to avoid unsightly mortar stains on the face of the bricks. The joint cavities must be kept moist while the work is carried out to allow a good bond between the old and new mortar. The new mortar must be firmly packed into the cavity to avoid leaving air pockets. We price to do this correctly knowing it will have longevity.

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Finishing the mortar

The mortar once packed into the joint cavities needs to be finished. This is as much for the finished appearance but more for the mortar to work the way it was intended. This involves a few different techniques at various stages as the mortar stiffens. Rubbing in, beating with a stiff churn brush and light brushing for the final finish. Finishing the mortar this way allows it to breathe and gives it a more settled look.

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Curing the mortar

Once an area has been freshly pointed it needs to dry at a natural rate to help get the best out of it and aid the curing process. This can involve protecting it and working with the elements be it either extremely cold or too hot. In extreme cold weather conditions when frosts are due we do not undertake any external work. In very hot conditions work can still commence.

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Brick replacement

In almost all cases on most site visits, we find loose or damaged bricks that need replacing or resetting. When repointing this is the perfect time to replace or reset them and well within our skill set. This can be factored into the original quote if picked up on the site survey or added as work commences. We can also help source period bricks if replacements are needed.

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Costing the work

Costing can vary from property to property due to the work involved. Many factors can play a part and every job is different. We have set up a dedicated page to explain these costs and give you a guide as to what to expect for your money and the time involved to achieve the desired outcome. We don't take shortcuts and want to produce work that will stand the test of time.

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Whatever the size of your project we are happy to offer a free site survey and no obligation quote at your convenience.


Our Testimonials

Dave’s passion and care for what he does is inspiring. He has helped transform the appearance of our house, lovingly restoring a huge amount of brickwork, while being careful to ensure it is authentic and sensitive. It feels like the work he has undertaken will stand the test of time for another 112 years.

Ben P, Winchester

Edwardian House

I was very impressed by the specialist knowledge and advice received from Build Bright while looking into traditional lime mortar repairs for my Grade 2 listed property in Romsey, it was head and shoulders above any other company I’d approached. The job was completed on time, on budget, and I’m very happy with the result.

P Heslop, Romsey

Grade 2 listed mid terrace

Dave did a great job repointing and repairing a section of our 1850s brick and flint cottage. From the outset he was diligent and professional. He gave us an honest quote, advising on where work was needed and where it was not. The final product was exactly what we hoped for with the colour and texture of his lime mortar carefully integrated into the original work. He will be our first choice for any future repairs.

R Byfield, Wherwell

1850s brick & flint cottage

I can honestly say, I have never seen such a transformation of a house, it is absolutely fantastic and most definitely exceeded my expectations. The conservation committee have also endorsed the work that has been completed, they have suggested it is used as an example to other residents in the conservation estate. I have no hesitation in recommending the work of Build Bright, he completed, on time, in budget and the results were far above my own expectation, I cant thank him enough.

L Mason, Southampton

1931 Period Property

I was really impressed with Dave’s craftsmanship, he truly has a passion for his work. He took his time and care over our house, even spending time making sure the lime mortar colour matched what was there already. Dave was incredibly tidy and always kept us informed. I would definitely recommend him.

A Cooper, Winchester

Victorian house

Build Bright did a fantastic job of rebuilding and repointing the brickwork under our bay window, which had been left in very poor condition with earlier repair works using cement. Build Bright went above and beyond in restoring the front of our house to its former glory, using colour-matched lime mortar and sourcing victorian bricks. Friendly, professional service with amazing attention to detail. We couldn’t be happier with the work, thank you!

L Jacobs, Winchester

Victorian terraced house

Build Bright gave my lovely old house some much needed love. From clearing the cavity's to the repointing all the work was carried out with care. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2018 for further planned repair work.

B Heywood, Eastleigh

Victorian terraced house

Build Bright's sympathetic repointing of our 1910 semi was done with care and attention to detail. The work was exactly what was agreed upon and the site was left clean and tidy. We are very happy that they are returning to do further repairs this year.

J Phippen, Romsey

Edwardian terraced house

I am delighted with the work that Dave did for me, re-pointing the rear of our Victorian house. His attention to detail, method of working & friendly approach has guaranteed him more work in the future. I have no reservations in recommending Build Bright.

D McNally, Winchester

Victorian terraced house

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