Pointing plays a very crucial role in a structure. It protects the masonry unit (brick, block, stone) and the soundness of the structure as a whole. If an inappropriate mortar is used for the particular masonry unit, it will damage the entire structure. Different appearance in pointing detail (ribbon, weathered, grapevine) not only add to cosmetic appearance, but have an important role in wicking and washing water away from the masonry structures.
Home and Hearth Masonry offers simple mortar analysis testing. Crushing the existing mortar will identify strength and PSI.
A simple "mortar digestion analysis" is performed to find aggregate size, color, and shapes. When matching mortar, aggregate is commonly the larger proportion in the mix. So matching aggregates is beneficial in mortar matching.
"freehand ribbon" pointing detail shown on mixed color argillite stone in Sellersville, Pa.
"Ragged" pointing detail brings out moisture from this brownstone, so it's "foliates" are less effected by freeze and thaw cycles.
These Concrete veneer masonry units, often referred to as "thin brick" have been sucessfully detailed to match a dated look offering the entrance of this Quakertown, Pa home some wow factor.
"recessed/raked" pointing detail inhances natural stone demension in Lower Gwynned, Pa.
Home and Hearth Masonry can do full stone facade restorations."Level struck ribbon" pointing detail on granite "ashlar" stone pattern in Perkasie, Pa. While this site was staged, we also removed the cap flashings from the roof overhang and restored it to original detail with accent colors inspired by local historic landmark, the Washington House and Sellersville Theater.
Historic masonry restoration work will authenticate your home and it's surroundings.
Close up of "level struck" ribbon pointing detail.
Brick may also have a "raked" pointing detail.