4 Reasons to Repoint the Brickwork on Your Home

4 Reasons to Repoint the Brickwork on Your Home

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If your home is more than a few years old, it’s likely that the mortar between the bricks has started to deteriorate. This can cause a number of problems, including water infiltration and damage to the brickwork itself. Repointing is the process of replacing the deteriorated mortar with fresh mortar, and it can be a great way to improve the appearance and durability of your home. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of repointing brickwork on your home!

Improve Insulation

One of the main benefits of repointing is that it can improve the insulation of your home. The old, deteriorated mortar can often cold air in and warm air out, which can lead to higher energy bills and decreased comfort levels. By replacing the mortar, you can help to keep out the weather and prepare your home for the cold weather.

Keep Pests Out

Another benefit of repointing is that it can help to keep pests out of your home. The old, deteriorated mortar is often a haven for bugs and other critters, and the gaps create a perfect entry point for them. There are lots of nasty things like spiders that can get into your home this way and if the problem gets out of hand, you’ll need some exterminators to help you deal with them (call today if you have a problem already!) But you can keep them out in the first place by repointing the brickwork on a regular basis.

Avoid Water Damage

Water infiltration is one of the biggest problems that can occur as a result of deteriorated mortar. When the mortar starts to break down, it can create gaps between the bricks which allow water to seep in. This can lead to a number of issues, including damage to your home’s foundation, roof, and interior walls. Repointing can help to prevent this water damage and keep your home in good condition.

When damp gets into your home, it causes untold problems that are very expensive to fix. Repointing your home is a relatively cheap and simple maintenance job and it can help you avoid a lot of expensive work further down the line.

Make Your Home Look Better

Finally, one of the main reasons people choose to repoint their homes is because it can make them look better. When all of the old mortar is degraded and there are big gaps, it makes your home look untidy and run down. By cleaning your brickwork and repointing it, you can make it look as good as new. This is also a huge help if you come to sell the home because it creates a better first impression.

Repointing your brickwork is a job that only needs to be done every 40 to 50 years. If you live in a new property, this isn’t something you should worry about. But if you live in an older home, you should consider it because it solves a lot of problems. It’s likely that you will only need to do it once while you are living there, as long as you do a good job the first time.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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