As a qualified bricklayer with over 20
years of experience in the building trade I specialise in lime re-pointing. Be
it the traditional hawk (plaster board) and trowel or mechanical injection pointing. If you live in
a property over a hundred years old the chances are it will have been built
with lime and it is important to maintain it in a similar fashion.
Traditional mass-masonry wall construction (which includes most walls built
before 1919) works on the basis that moisture entering a wall is able to escape
as water and water vapour as easily as possible. Lime mortars can readily
handle the transmission of water and water vapour between the inside and
outside of a masonry wall, owing to the complex interconnected pore structure
The use of cement mortars is widely recognised as being detrimental to such
buildings and structures as they can drastically alter the way in which a wall
handles water and water vapour. Cement mortars tend to have a consistent and
‘closed’ pore structure that traps water rather than allowing the building to
breathe (not necessarily a problem in modern cavity wall construction). Any
trapped moisture will expand if subjected to freezing conditions, and mortars
may ultimately fail, often causing damage to the surrounding masonry in the
Masonry walls need to be maintained and repaired, just as roofs and
rainwater goods do. Where walls are solid, without a cavity, keeping them in
good repair is necessary for the interior to remain functional and dry.
Pointing is the most common repair, and often one of the most poorly executed.
The two main reasons for lime-pointing repairs are:
original lime pointing has decayed over time and needs to be replaced. This
may be the result of gradual decay through weathering, or failure as a
result of poor maintenance. Blocked gutters or overflow pipes, for
example, lead to damp masonry and can result in frost damage.
masonry has been re-pointed with a cement-based (or other inappropriate)
mortar at an earlier date, which is causing problems to the building
and/or the adjacent masonry and must be replaced with a more appropriate
I can give you a Free & No Obligation
Quote if you have any doubts about a wall or a patio be it brick, stone or
flint, free phone 0800 689 4698 or 07801 537 644.
Superpoint owner Sam Yandall has been in the business for
over 20 years and as a qualified bricklayer before setting up his own company South
Downs Brickwork. Sam wanted to focus the business on re-pointing so rebranded
as Super Point in 2016 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. He is
now working as far afield as Horsham, Haywards Heath, and Brighton where
customers are happy to pay towards his travel costs. If you are in the local
area of Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Arundel and Worthing there is
no surcharge. He is happy to travel to where the work is and takes a lot of
pride in job satisfaction. Note the Free phone number 0800 689 4698 is likely
to be charged if you are phoning from a mobile phone but feel free to use the
form and Sam will contact you as soon as time allows.