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At Norman Brick and Masonry, we pride ourselves in ensuring that the job is done right. The first time!
Our team of professional bricklayers and masonry experts have been serving the people of Norman, OK and the surrounding areas with one goal in mind: to ensure that your brick repair and masonry projects are completed on time, to the highest of standards, and with a smile.
We offer a range of residential and commercial masonry services, from repairs to your chimney or window sills, to full outdoor kitchen and fire pit construction.
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What is Masonry?
Masonry is most often the term used to describe the craft of building structures using small units (bricks, stones, etc.) and joining them together using mortar.
Masonry can also describe the actual building materials used. Common masonry materials are: brick, stone, marble, limestone, concrete blocks, glass blocks, or even granite.
What is Tuckpointing, and how is it different from Repointing?
In the masonry world, there are actually three words that are commonly (incorrectly) interchanged: Pointing, Re-Pointing, and Tuckpointing.
Let’s break it down:
Tuck pointing (tuckpointing) is basically a cosmetic process. The purpose is to give the brick/mortar combination a more uniform appearance. This is done by using two different mortar colors to create a more visually appealing look.
Pointing is essentially the process of applying the external or visible mortar between bricks or stones.
Re-Pointing is most often what people actually need when they think they need “pointing" or "tuck pointing". Re-pointing is where we remove any old or deteriorated mortar, clean the surface, and replace it with new mortar.
So, in a nut-shell…
Repointing is essentially the repairing of mortar between bricks. It's goal is to shore up the structural support of the brickwork.
Tuckpointing, on the other hand, is a cosmetic process. The goal is to give the brick-mortar combination a more uniform appearance.
When should I repoint my house or building?
The short answer is you should repair deficiencies in the brick, stone or mortar of any structure as soon as you become aware of it.
Brick typically lasts for over a century and mortar joints—if done correctly by skilled craftsmen—should last about 40 years or so.
The thing to keep in mind, is that the job of brick and mortar is to keep the outside....outside.
So don't dilly-dally with needed repairs.
What is the Most Common form of Masonry?
Brick masonry is by far the most common. Bricks can be used in weight-bearing structures or simply as a veneer.
A fast second is the growing use of concrete blocks used for a variety of masonry construction projects.
Can New Mortar be Matched to My Current Mortar?
Yes, but it does take a skilled craftsman to pull this off. The most important variables are the original materials used when the structure was built. It’s crucial to use sand from the same or similar sources and to monitor consistencies from batch to batch.
Colors are often mixed right on the job site using either stock or custom colors. Mineral pigments are added to mortar mixes and cement to produce the desire colors.
At Norman Norman Brick and Masonry, our decades of brick repair experience has enabled us to produce an almost fool-proof method of color matching, regardless of the colors used or the age of the building.
Can Masonry buildings be insulated?
Yes, there are number of insulation systems available, some are applied under drywall, some can be used in block cavities, and recently a liquid foam material is injected into wall cavities.
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