What Kind of Masonry Problems Do You Have?

At Ray Arnold Masonry & General Contracting, we’ve seen all kinds of masonry problems in need of repair. Some have been small fixes and others have been large jobs, but our skilled experts know how to take care of any masonry problem you may have.

Curious if you have masonry problems that need to be repaired? Take a look at your brick steps, walls or chimney and see if you need one of these repairs.

Loose, Broken or Crumbling Brick

You don’t need to be a professional to know that the bricks in your chimney or walls shouldn’t be loose or crumbling. If you have bricks coming loose or falling out, you’ll want to have a professional replace them right away. Crumbling bricks also need to be replaced, but since they can indicate problems with moisture, make sure that the cause of the problem gets addressed as well.

Broken bricks can also be caused by moisture problems, but they can often result from accidental impact as well. A professional will be able to tell you which is the case, and repair or replace broken bricks as needed.

Missing, Crumbling or Cracked Mortar

The mortar used in masonry applications is just as important as the bricks. If you see a noticeable gap between your bricks, you’ll want to deal with it right away. That’s also the case if the mortar is crumbling or has significant cracks or deterioration. Unfortunately, most rain is slightly acidic and will slowly eat away at any exposed mortar. Once any small cracks or openings form, problems will only grow — moisture will freeze and thaw, causing more deterioration.

If you find any of these problems with your mortar, give us a call! We can repoint or tuckpoint your masonry, cutting out and replacing any damaged or deteriorated mortar as needed.

For Those With Older Homes…

If you have a home built in the early 1900s or earlier, your masonry may need different mortar than modern masonry. Why? More modern brick is made and fired differently than earlier brick — it’s harder and more water-resistant. If the mortar used to repoint or tuckpoint this older masonry is harder or less permeable than the brick, any moisture will try to escape through the bricks themselves. This will lead to cracking, spalling and other permanent damage.

That’s why it’s so important to work with a professional you trust. At Ray Arnold Masonry & General Contracting, we have almost 70 years of experience, much of which has been on older homes that required attention and care. We have the knowledge and skills to assess and repair any masonry, regardless of age. If you have an older home with masonry problems, we can help. Contact us to schedule a free quote today.

Leaning, Bowing or Falling

If you have a masonry wall or chimney that is leaning, bowing inward, or falling in any way, give us a call at 440-834-8252 right away! Not only could this problem be dangerous to you and your family, but it could also result in expensive structural damage to your home. Don’t put your family or your home at risk — seek help with these problems immediately!

Get Masonry Repair You Can Trust!

Whether you have a small issue or a major problem, Ray Arnold Masonry & General Contracting can help make it right. We have years of experience working on old homes, new homes and everything in between.

Ready to get the ball rolling? Call us at 440-834-8252 or use our contact form to schedule a free quote today.