Stone: The neglected craft of repointing - an architect's view

Repointing is the preparation and filling of decayed mortar joints in masonry. This may seem a straightforward operation but it is one that demands a high level of skill on the part of the craftspeople involved. It has a crucial effect on the appearance and durability of masonry walling.

Date
1 April 2000
Publisher
Heritage Office
Type
Heritage publications, Maintenance series, Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-87641-5452
  • File PDF 38KB
  • Pages 7
  • Name the-neglected-craft-of-repointing-architects-view.pdf

Repointing is a neglected craft.These days much good masonry, especially brickwork, is spoilt by inferior pointing. The skills are still available but they must be demanded and paid for.

This paper focuses on brickwork. In the author’s experience, stonemasons are more likely to have the necessary skills and sensitivity to do a satisfactory job of repointing than bricklayers. Furthermore, mortar constitutes up to 25% of the surface of a traditionally bonded brick wall, so the pointing will greatly influence its colour and texture. The same principles, however, apply to all masonry walls.