Brick restoration is a masonry technique that involves repairing and restoring old or damaged brickwork to its original condition. The goal of brick restoration is to preserve the integrity and character of the original building while addressing any structural issues and improving its aesthetic appeal.
The process of brick restoration typically involves the following steps:
- Cleaning the Brickwork: Before restoration work can begin, the brickwork must be cleaned to remove any dirt, debris, or previous coatings. This can be done using a variety of methods, including pressure washing, sandblasting, or chemical cleaning.
- Repairing or Replacing Damaged Bricks: Any bricks that are cracked, chipped, or broken must be repaired or replaced. This can involve using epoxy or other fillers to patch small cracks, or removing and replacing entire bricks if they are too damaged to repair.
- Repointing: Repointing involves removing old, damaged mortar from the joints between the bricks and replacing it with new mortar. This helps to strengthen the brickwork and prevent water from seeping into the building.
- Cleaning and Sealing: Once the restoration work is complete, the brickwork is cleaned again to remove any debris or dust. The bricks may also be sealed to protect them from moisture and other environmental factors.
Brick restoration requires a high level of skill and experience to achieve a successful outcome. It is important to hire a qualified mason who specializes in brick restoration to ensure that the work is done properly and in accordance with best practices. Schmitt Happens will be able to assess the condition of the brickwork and recommend the appropriate restoration techniques to achieve the desired results.