Skills of The Trade: What is Tuckpointing?

In construction, nothing is more exciting than creating something new or having the opportunity to restore an old space to its former glory. However, a lot of people completely overlook a very unique form of construction that has been around for centuries. Tuckpointing might be one of the oldest forms of art still being created and it has the ability to completely change the aesthetic quality of any structure or property, but it seems as though no one ever pays attention to it. From changing the quality of brick surfaces to changing even the shape of your home’s exterior design, tuckpointing is an art that everyone should be paying attention to.

What is Tuckpointing?

Tuckpointing Chicago is a way of using mortar in two shades to create clean, crisp lines between bricks on a surface. The first layer of mortar is removed and replaced with another layer of mortar that matches the color of the bricks themselves. This creates clean, lightly colored lines that give the bricks a distinguished and modern appearance.

Tuckpointing is a masonry technique for repairing cracks in brick or stone. Repointing involves removing the old mortar and replacing it with new mortar, sometimes to remove debris or cracks in the material. Repointing is sometimes the best option for those looking for an aesthetically pleasing repair; however, tuckpointing is usually the better choice for durability and effectiveness.