Brick and mortar can be a popular option for a variety of residential structures and projects. Luckily, there are contractors that are highly experienced in working on residential masonry projects, and this can give them the ability to effectively meet many of the masonry needs that their clients may have.
Installing New Masonry Walls
The installation of a masonry wall can be one example of a common project that homeowners may want to undertake. While masonry walls can be extremely strong and durable, their installation can be an involved process. In addition to the work that will be needed to install the brick and mortar, it is also essential to have the foundation for the masonry wall properly established. Making sure the foundation is as level as possible is an important step in this process, but it is also necessary to ensure that there is good drainage in the area near the wall. Otherwise, moisture problems can compromise the foundation and even the masonry itself.
Repairing Or Restoring Worn Masonry Surfaces
Masonry is capable of lasting for decades, but it will eventually experience enough wear to impact its appearance and integrity. In most cases, the mortar will be among the components that are the most likely to fail as a result of exposure. However, a masonry contractor can address these issues through the use of tuckpointing. When a contractor performs tuckpointing on a masonry surface, they will remove the degraded mortar and apply new mortar to it instead. In cases where the problem with the masonry is due to damage to one or more bricks, these contractors can carefully remove the compromised bricks so they can be replaced.
Assessing Stability Issues
Stability problems with a brick and mortar wall can be a serious threat to the structure. If these issues are not addressed, there may be a chance for the wall to collapse. Building a masonry wall on soil that is too soft to support it can be a major contributing factor to this problem. Additionally, the soil eroding under the wall could also lead to stability problems. If you notice that your masonry wall is leaning to one side more than the other, it may be possible to reinforce and stabilize the wall. For example, supports may be installed under the wall, and they will be capable of better distributing the weight of the wall so that the stability issues can be corrected before the wall collapses.
For more information, contact a residential masonry service in your area such as KeyStone Pavers & Asphalt LLC.