Professional tuck pointing in East London and Wanstead

Here at Blake Pointing, we are experts in every aspect of repointing brickwork. Continuously trading since 1969, we have delivered high quality repointing services to both domestic customers and commercial clients in Loughton, Wanstead and East London for the past fifty years.


One particular aspect of the repointing industry that requires specific skills from our team of highly trained professionals is that of tuck pointing, which is used to give a distinctive finish to a house.

tuck pointed brick work

What is tuck pointing?

Tuck pointing (sometimes contracted to tuckpointing) is a method of repointing brickwork that results in a unique and stylish visual effect.


Most pointing is simply a layer of mortar, whether cement or lime, used as a bonding material between two sets of bricks or stones. With tuck pointing, two differently-coloured batches of mortar are mixed and used in three layers. The darker mortar is mixed to match the colour of the brickwork and applied directly to the bricks. Sandwiched between these two layers is a thin layer of lighter mortar.

The resulting effect is to appear that the bricks are joined together by a very thin layer of bonding mortar, although a closer inspection will reveal that it is just the way the darker mortar blends into the colour of the bricks. A good example of this technique can be found at 10 Downing Street, of all places, where a thin layer of white pointing is sandwiched between two layers of black mortar to match the surrounding bricks.

How it works

The decision to use tuck pointing is a wholly aesthetic one. In late eighteenth-century expensive houses were constructed from oversized bricks that were rubbed or abraded to provide a near perfect fit amongst the rest of the wall, with just a thin application of lime mortar to set them in place. As cheaper, mass produced bricks became more commonplace, tuck pointing was utilised to give a building the appearance of having been constructed from rubbed bricks.

Tools of the trade

In tuck pointing, specialist tools are required to create the desired effect. Known as tuck pointing irons, they take a lot of skill to operate correctly. For this reason, it is essential to call in a firm of expert repointers skilled in the deft art of tuck pointing, such as Blake Pointing.

Get in touch

For your local specialists in tuck pointing in and around the Loughton,  Wanstead and East London area, call Blake Pointing today on 01708 344 855, 07958 761 226 or 07960 553 761 for your free, no-obligation quote.

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