Brick And Mortar Myths

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When you own a building that uses brick and mortar in its construction, it is important to avoid letting some myths lead your decision-making process when it comes to these structures.

Myth: Brick And Mortar Will Never Require Any Care To Stay In Good Condition

There are some important types of care that your brick and mortar surface will require in order to reduce the effects that weather and other sources of wear can have. Common sources of damage for brick surfaces are vines, moss and other plants that are growing on the surface. Roots, chemicals and moisture from these plans will contribute to extensive wear that can cause your brick surface to develop cracks, fading, and other structural issues as well as aesthetic problems. Periodically pressure washing the exterior is an efficient way of removing the moss and other materials that could eventually lead to the bricks and mortar suffering damage.

Myth: Brick And Mortar Damage Always Requires The Surface To Be Completely Rebuilt

At some point, some of the bricks may become damaged or the mortar may experience damage or severe wear. These problems can lead to you assuming that large sections of the brick surface will need to be rebuilt from scratch, but it is usually possible to repair localized damage to the bricks and mortar. In instances where an individual brick has suffered a major crack or has started to crumble, the brick itself can be replaced so that the integrity of the rest of the structure can be protected. Having this repair done quickly can limit the ability of the damage to spread, which can otherwise occur due to the impacts on the weight distribution of the wall. Tuckpoint is a similar repair option for damage to the mortar that is holding the bricks in place.

Myth: Brick Surfaces Are Incompatible With Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a popular upgrade to make to the exterior of a home or business. While brick is not a material that homeowners may think of as being compatible with vinyl siding, it can be extremely effective for these structures. The siding can help to shield the brick from moisture damage and even the effects that many minor impacts can have on these surfaces. In addition to being compatible with masonry structures, vinyl siding will also be able to follow the same installation process, which can help to keep this upgrade as simple as possible.

Contact a company that offers brick work services to learn more.