Brick Restoration on Ballarat Heritage Terrace — Renovation and Repair

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Raised Ribbon Pointing replacing older Brick Tuck Pointing on Ballarat Heritage Facade

When comparing traditional ribbon pointing as opposed to brick tuckpointing there are several differentiating factors.

As you can see from the above photo, the heavy oxide mix used on brick tuckpointing (top courses) can actually cause issues if not installed correctly. Mortar, often used in only one colour, is used to smear over the original bedding mortar which is visable where the red coloured mortar has fallen off. This is due to the smear coat method only being several millimetres thick or possibly too brittle to start with. In the instance above, this is definitely the case.

Another issue is that due to oxides’ cementitious effect on the mortar matrix, the mix can often be quite destructive to the 80-100 year old brick. Mortar, as also evident above, is smeared over the brick arris; partially covering the face. In tension, this can snap corners off and even break bricks clean in half–especially old, soft brick.

The biggest comparison, besides appearance, is that the traditional ribbon technique will protect the brick, whilst at the same time, provide depth and definition to the masonry facade. Standard tuckpoint can last quite a while but as opposed to the deeper ribbon pointing, the facade will age better and can last a lot longer.

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Brick Tuckpointing, before and after lime putty ribbon

Sandstone Fences make great Stone Features – Featured in Freedom Furniture advertisement

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Faraday Avenue, Rose Bay is one of Sydney’s best looking streets. Closely situated to the city, the eastern suburbs has so many beautiful stone features. With a combination of stone from Balmain, Drummoyne and Gosford (Mount White), the stone blends well with it’s neutral tones.

The front fence as featured above took two months to complete. This had occured after six months after the rear fence and pool surrounds, pictured below, were completed.

The owners had such a beautiful house that magazines would regularly utilise their premises. The wall pictured below was used in a Freedom Furniture advert at that time.

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We restore Melbourne’s Favorite Heritage Buildings – GPO Melbourne

Whilst being involved with a major Melbourne Heritage Building Company, G.H. Veitch Stonemasons assisted with the facade restoration carried out in 2012 on the fantastic French-provinical-styled GPO in Melbourne CBD.

Let us carve your new external facade architectural stone features in Sandstone,  Bluestone or Limestone