Masonry is an important construction material due to its affordability, aesthetic, and durability. However, it will still eventually face the need to undergo repairs, and you will want to be prepared for some of the more commonly encountered masonry problems.
Crumbling Bricks Or Mortar
Crumbling bricks or mortgage will be an issue that is often encountered by masonry that is approaching the end of its lifespan. Years of exposure to the elements can be extremely effective at breaking down the masonry, which can lead to this issue developing. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to repair or reinforce these masonry surfaces. As a result, a total replacement may be needed if there is widespread crumbling of a masonry wall or floor. In addition to helping limit the scope of the needed repairs, this can also reduce the safety hazards that a crumbling mortar surface could pose to those near it.
Another issue that will often arise with masonry surfaces is that bricks may loosen or fall out. This can represent a severe weakening of the surface, which may prompt further collapse or loosening to occur. When you find that one or more of the bricks in your masonry surface is starting to loosen or has fallen out, a professional masonry repair contractor should be contacted as quickly as possible. These masonry repair services will be able to place the missing brick so that the surface's integrity can be preserved. In most cases, this type of repair is extremely simple and very affordable to make. However, waiting to replace the missing brick may contribute to others falling out, which could make the repair more difficult.
Another frequently encountered issue with masonry surfaces will be the formation of large cracks. The repair option for these cracks will be heavily determined by the depth and size of the crack. In situations where the crack is deep and spreads across much of the surface, it may be necessary to replace all of the damaged bricks and mortar. However, instances where the cracks are fairly shallow, it may be possible to repair this damage with a mortar resin that can be used to fill these openings. This resin will be able to match the color of the mortar so that this repair can be discrete from both a distance as well as up close. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for a homeowner to effectively assess the severity of the damage that their masonry surfaces have suffered.