Our crack repair service, shown here on a front heritage Victorian-era double fronted terrace, is amongst the best in the repair and renovation industry. For brick walls that have moved as a result of needing foundation repair (underpinning) or structures that recently have been underpinned, contact melbournebrickrepair.com
Our methods to repair render, cracked and soft brick are just as important when featured on painted walls.
No matter what type of finish is required, we can help you…
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Repointing is a skill. We replicate and match various existing mortar finishes.
With salts permeating through this subfloor structure located in Brighton, VIC, it was apparent that there was something very wrong.
Efflorescence, aka salt attack is a calcium chloride/ zinc chloride build up caused through moisture in the subfloor or rising damp from subfoundation soil.
When viewed from behind the wall, the salt attack was much worse; formations of hygroscopic gel and rust was evident.
Through constant hygroscopic moisture (airborne) contained in the subfloor area, and the lack of ventilation, the damage to the bricks is inevitable.
Ideally, repairs should occur at a time prior to the state of deterioration as indicated.
Contact melbournebrickrepair.com for further information on subfloor conditions.
As a result of drilling and silicone injection having been previously used on the above Edwardian brick heritage property, located in the Melbourne suburb of Flemington, the failure of the process is evident in that, rising damp has still occurred despite the previous owner’s intent in trying to fix the issue.
Salt build-up behind the injected silicone is a very common result of injection which could have been avoided.
Despite the effort in trying to stop the moisture, the buildings previous owner was only trying to do what was right. The fact is that silicone injection seldomly works. It is really only for walls over 2 foot thick. It is certainly not for a heritage double brick structure. Discolouration, as seen above, affects both mortars joint and brick alike; hastening deterioration of both.
Visible deterioration of the mortar joint has occurred above the drill lines from chemical dampproofing.
By using a physical barrier instead, this wouldn’t have occurred. Rising damp is a very hard thing to prevent altogether. In all actuality, every masonry structure will encounter some form of moisture transferral from the clay sub-found material. In the case that physical barriers are installed, the decay of mortar and brick is slowed dramatically. By also increasing airflow under the floor, you are also providing a good natural method of easing rising damp.
Contact melbournebrickrepair.com for further details on how to prevent rising damp.
When our client first contacted us, the facade of the circa 1860 cottage located in Western Victoria had never seen a traditional restoration. In over 150 years, weathering and general deterioration of the mortar jointing, also known as pointing, was highly evident.
Before Restoration, the c.1860 Bluestone Cottage in Western VIC was run down with most of the Mortar Jointing missing
Although the stone was in very good condition and with clear indication that it was very well built, mortar repair and repointing was integral in rejuvenating the old bluestone structure.
The client was extremely happy with their new entrance. The repointing method used was traditional ribbon pointing and it lasts for a very long time.
Here is a before and after of another aspect of the same building. A massive improvement.
Period Home Restorations should last for a very long time despite being exposed to harsh, even acidic conditions in today’s climate.
Contact Mason & Maker through melbournebrickrepair.com or vicrestorations.com for further detail on how we can help with your period home renovation project.
After many years of specialising in Stone Masonry and Repair, melbournebrickrepair.com can service your Sandstone like few others.
Repointing, Carving (Banker Work), Specialised Indents and Facade Restoration is somewhat of a rarity. We want that to be no longer the case.
Are you a builder or contractor and need heritage stone consultation? We can help show you the traditional methods of stone carving, indents, design traditional mortar mixes via agreement.
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Is your house cracking up? Made it through winter and now you want to get the house airtight and weatherproof? You may need crack injection and/ or brick stitching.
Cracking at mitre corners is very common in masonry. Fix it with brick stitching.
First, the mortar material in between the bricks should be removed. This will provide longer serving results for the repair. Next, the joints are lined with the steel reinforcement. These elements are either galvanised or stainless steel.
The stitches are installed as regularly as required.
With the brick stitches in, next is the final tamp point.
Replacement mortar is reinstated, making the repair complete.