At Blake Pointing, we are specialists in all aspects of repointing brickwork. Continuously trading since 1969, we have provided high quality pointing services to commercial clients and domestic customers in East London and Wanstead for almost fifty years.
With so many older buildings in the area that we cover, it is sometimes not appropriate to utilise modern repointing materials, and so we use traditional lime mortar pointing techniques instead to maintain the integrity of these heritage and listed buildings.
When pointing or repointing a building today, we use modern cement and mortar for the pointing. It is a general use bonding material, suitable for the vast majority of jobs that we take on. However, modern cement can contain ingredients that prove detrimental to older building materials, be they bricks or stone, which is where lime mortar pointing proves useful.
Modern mortar is usually a mixture of cement, sand, and water. Lime mortar, by comparison, is a mixture of lime, sand, and water. It was popularly used as a pointing material until the early thirties, when cement mortar became the standard used in the construction industry.
Just as with regular repointing, the first step in lime mortar pointing is a survey of the building to determine the extent of the damage. An important part of this process is to analyse the make-up of the existing mortar. While most listed and historical building are likely to use lime mortar pointing, the ratio of the ingredients need to match as closely as possible if the repointing work is to be a success.
Once we know what we’re dealing with, it is a simple enough process to mix up a matching batch of lime mortar pointing to repair such damage as we have found. We take great care in the repointing of these heritage buildings, ensuring that the look of the building is maintain along with its structural integrity. In this way, we are able to help keep the fine historical buildings of East London and Wanstead in top condition for future generations to enjoy.
Operating from our Romford office, we cover an area of 25 miles, including Wanstead and East London, providing the best lime mortar pointing in the region.
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