Lime mortar repointing is the process of replacing old tired mortar with new. If your home or property is built with a lime mortar it must be repaired and repointed with a lime mortar.

Natural elements and the previous use of cement will play a part in 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.


Tired lime mortar that has done its job

cement damage to soft bricks

Early cement damage to soft bricks

cement damage to soft brickwork build bright

Extreme cement damage to soft bricks

Another reason for repointing is if a property has been incorrectly repointed in the past using a cement mortar instead of lime. Modern cement can cause many problems like dampness and brick damage. Using a cement-based mortar for repointing lime-jointed brickwork is unbelievably stupid. These are old walls that will naturally have a certain amount of moisture penetrating them and the lime joints are the only means of that water escaping. The joints are a sacrifial part of the wall that allows any moisture in the wall to escape. If cement is used the water cannot get out through the joints and the whole wall will become damp inside and outside. The bricks will then stay permanently moist, and as the moisture in them freezes and thaws, the face of the bricks will blow.


The repointing process consists of two main aspects, The first is the removal of the old mortar and preparation and the second is the repointing and finishing.


Preparation for Repointing

It's all in the preparation... Removal of the old mortar in preparation for repointing is a crucial part of the process. Irreversible damage can be caused to the bricks if a time-served professional does not undertake the work. Over the years we have seen some shocking examples of permanently disfigured brickwork caused during this process. Unfortunately, this can not be rectified so don't let it happen to you, chose Build Bright with confidence

Old lime mortar removal

We rake out the old soft lime mortar with hand tools, If it doesn't come out easily it does not need repointing! If it is soft and in need of repair we rake out the joints to twice the width of the joint or to we have a solid foundation for the new mortar to bond to.

Cement mortar removal

Cement mortar requires the careful and experienced use of power tools to remove it. This must be done with the utmost care to protect the surrounding bricks. We pride ourselves on this part of the process never causing irreversible damage.


The lime mortar repointing process is one that takes more time and attention than cement repointing. The mortar must be of a good consistency and the wall for it to be applied must be prepared correctly. When applying the mortar this must be done with much care and attention to detail. If done incorrectly it could have irreversible consequences leaving bricks stained and unsightly. Our pointing process is of a very high standard using time-served trusted techniques and quality locally sourced NHL limes and local colour-matched aggregates from the Winchester Lime Centre.

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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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