Masonry is commonly used in construction due to its pleasing aesthetic qualities as well as its strength and durability. For homeowners that have recently acquired a home that incorporates masonry in its construction, becoming familiar with caring for these surfaces can be important for protecting the home.
How Do You Clean Your Brick Surfaces?
Regularly cleaning the brick surfaces will help to extend the life of the masonry while also keeping it free of discoloration. To clean brick surfaces, the most efficient option will be to use a pressure washer on a low setting. Using a gentle cleaning solution with the pressure washer can make removing stubborn algae, dirt and other surface materials much easier.
What Does It Mean When You Notice Flakes Or Mortar On The Ground?
Noticing that there are little flakes of mortar on the ground below your masonry can indicate an immediate need for repairs. This is due to the mortar becoming extremely brittle, which will allow it to break and flake off. Eventually, the bricks will start to loosen due to the mortar losing its ability to hold them in place. Repairing this problem is done through tuckpointing, which simply involves removing the damaged mortar so that new mortar can be injected between the bricks.
Does The Masonry In Your Fireplace And Chimney Require Special Care?
Masonry is often used in chimneys due to its ability to withstand intense heat. However, the fire, smoke and heat can all be extremely degrading to brick over the years. Preventing damage to this masonry will require the interior firewall in the chimney to be kept in good condition. Also, the chimney should be regularly cleaned so that the heat and smoke will have an unobstructed path out. Lastly, the chimney can be prone to developing cracks due to these issues. Cracks in the chimney should be treated as a very serious problem, as it could eventually cause the chimney to collapse onto the roof.
Why Are There Sheets Of Metal Covering Some Sections Of The Masonry?
You may notice that there are small pieces of metal that cover some sections of the masonry. This will often be done where the wall meets the roof and where the chimney and roof connect. These metal sheets are flashing, and they serve the important function of protecting potential gaps. Without the flashing, moisture may be able to enter the structure through these small openings. Due to its important role, you should avoid disturbing the flashing, as this could cause it to become misaligned.
For more information or help with maintenance and repair, contact stone masonry services in your area.